On Thursday evening the Pittsburgh Pirates received the news that second baseman Adam Frazier will start at second base for the National League in the 2021 MLB All-Star Game
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be represented in the Mid-Summer Classic with one of their infielders getting the starting job for the second straight All-Star Game. Adam Frazier has officially been crowned as the starting second baseman for this season’s All-Star Game in Colorado on July 13th.
The last time that there was an All-Star Game, 2019, the Pittsburgh Pirates had another infielder get the starting nod for the game and that was former Bucco Josh Bell. The two players share getting the starting nod during their Pittsburgh career, but could they soon have more than that in common?
Bell and Frazier could both have something else in common soon as Bell was eventually traded out of the Burgh after being an All-Star and there has been lots of talk recently about Frazier possibly getting traded this season, and adding an All-Star notch to his name will help to boost that trade value.
Frazier has been having the best season of his career by far in a season where hitting across the entire MLB has been down from previous years. Frazier is currently batting .327 with a slugging percentage of .471. The .327 average is .097 better than last season and .045 better than his career average which is a big improvement.
Even more impressive than his jump in batting average is how much his WRC+ has improved this season. Frazier has a stellar WRC+ of 141, which is the 21st best in all of baseball. This is a massive improvement as his value last year was down to 80 and his career average is only 106.
When all of his improvements this season, and the fact that he is under team control for two more years are taken into account, contending teams are going to desperately be calling the Pirates to see what the asking price on a player of his caliber is.
Pittsburgh Pirates fans should enjoy watching Frazier while they can because it’s only a matter of time until he ends up like Bell and is traded to a contending team as the Pirates continue to transform their farm systems into one of the best in the MLB, thus making the future outlook brighter and brighter each day.