Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Recapping Clint Frazier's first pro game

This reporter's instincts at 1:32 a.m. leads him to two places: Twitter and Minor League Baseball box scores.

At the moment, Twitter is too political. 

At least there's a compelling box score to analyze.

Clint Frazier, the Indians' youthful-looking first-round draft pick, made his professional debut in the rookie Arizona League. The AZL Indians used six pitchers, including two from Japan, and were crunched by the AZL Brewers, 17-5. Here's the box score.

The score, like thousand of others each minor-league seasons, means nothing. Minor leagues, especially ones at the lowest levels, are designed to showcase and develop players such as the 18-year-old Frazier.

On his first night as a professional ballplayer, Frazier served as the AZL Indians' designated hitter, batted leadoff and went 2-for-5. He clubbed a solo homer to left field in his first professional at-bat, which doubled as the game's first at-bat. He added a three-run triple to center field in the fourth.

Frazier also grounded out to second in the third, popped out to second in the sixth and lined out to second in the ninth.

If it weren't for Frazier, the game might be remembered for puncturing a thermometer. The temperature was 104 degrees when Austin Ross threw his first pitch to Frazier. The game started at 7:05 p.m. Pacific Time.

Frazier will play in Ohio at some point in his career. The Indians, after all, have affiliates in Lake County, Akron and Columbus.

When he gets here, he will bring along a tale of his scorching professional debut.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home