Pittsburgh Pirates News: Adam Frazier Named National League Player of the Week

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After an insanely hot week at the plate, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier has taken home a big honor

Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier struggled for much of the first half of the season. However, in the final week of play before the All-Star Break Frazier was as hot as any hitter in baseball. This has led to him being named the National League Player of the Week.

This award was a well deserved one for the Pirate second baseman. In the week leading up to the break he was 18-for-30 with two walks, a home run, seven doubles, and seven RBIs. This included kicking the week off with a 5-for-5 performance against the Chicago Cubs. In this 5-for-5 outing he tied a MLB record with four doubles in the game.

Frazier hot week led to him returning to the lead off spot in the Pirate lineup. He was a catalyst in the Bucs putting together a 5-2 week to enter the All-Star Break just 2.5 games out of both first place in the NL Central, as well as the second NL Wild Card spot.

Prior to his insanely hot week Frazier owned a .254/.311/.361 slash line and a 76 wRC+. After the hot week, he enters the break with a .287/.341/.416 slash line and a 98 wRC+. That’s a heck of week from Mr. Frazier.

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Hopefully, this hot week will prove to be what jump starts Frazier this season. Prior to this past week second base was the lone position that had struggled all season offensively for the Pirates. If Frazier can start to hit with more regularity moving forward, an already deep Pirate lineup becomes even better. This would be a huge boost to the Bucs as they prepare for a second half run at a postseason berth.