2013 MLB Draft Profile: OF Clint Frazier

The prep outfielder smashed Georgia high school baseball records left and right this spring.

Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier
Pos High School / College Consensus Rank
OF
Loganville HS (GA)
early 1st round
B/T Birthdate (age) Height / Weight
R/R 9/6/94 (18) 6'1" / 190 lbs

The 18-year-old Frazier may represent the best combination of polish and offensive potential in this year's draft. The best way to understand Frazier's ability is in a quote from Minor League Ball's Matt Garrioch where he stated that everything you read about gritty players can be said about Frazier...though everything that's said about five-tool player can be as well.

Frazier has outstanding bat speed, which he utilizes to produce plus, raw power. This season he broke the Georgia state record for home runs in a season and more than doubled his school's career mark, set by A's outfielder Brandon Moss. Despite a commitment to the University of Georgia, Frazier is expected to come off the board early, making it a long shot that the Mets will see his name on draft day.

Video (via ESPN Insider):

What the scouts are saying:

Nick Faleris, Baseball Prospectus:

"Frazier has the best bat speed in the entire draft class and produces easy plus raw power in-game at the amateur level."

Dave Perkin, Sports Illustrated:

"He has legitimate five-tool talent, possesses electric bat speed and is tremendously fast, which allows him to steal bases and be an outstanding defensive player. His closest major league comparison is probably Pirates star Andrew McCutchen."

What Alex is saying:

"While Austin Meadows has tools galore, Clint Frazier is a less talented player but has a lot more polish in his game and thus likely figures to go earlier in the draft. He doesn’t run real well and there are questions about his arm strength, so there’s a good chance Frazier ends up in left field. What Frazier does have is outstanding batspeed, by far the best in this draft class. It’s a good thing he has it, too, because the swing is--well, I guess I’ll call it different. He starts with his weight way back and he rocks backward as part of a complex timing mechanism that also includes a toe tap where he actually points his foot backward. I’m worried about his contact ability as a result, but ultimately, the batspeed will allow him to make adjustments quickly anyway, and it’s otherwise a very functional swing that will generate plenty of power."
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