Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Players Earning a Promotion to Altoona

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Outfielder Matt Fraizer

If you are a regular reader of Rum Bunter than this is far from the first time you have heard Matt Fraizer‘s name. For much of the season we have been singing the praises of Fraizer here at Rum Bunter and for good reason.

The 95th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, the left-handed hitting outfielder is putting together a tremendous season for High-A Greensboro. With his start to the season, Fraizer has earned the right to be promoted to Double-A Altoona.

Entering play on Tuesday the 23-year-old Fraizer was hitting for a .317/.403/.583 slash line in 346 plate appearances this season. Fraizer has walked 12.1% of his trips to the plate, struck out just 20.8% of the time and has a strong isolate slugging (ISO) of .267. Fraizer has hit 20 home runs, 14 doubles and 3 triples for an extra base hit rate of 10.7%, to go with a 161 wRC+.

At this point Fraizer has nothing left to prove at High-A. Continuing to play him at High-A is doing a disservice to Fraizer. At this point there is truly no reason for him to not finish the season at the Double-A level.