It has been 16 years since Todd Frazier helped lead the Toms River squad to the Little League World Series title and for the past two years the former Toms River South and Rutgers Scarlet Knight star has become a key component on the Cincinnati Reds.
The 2014 season will be his third full year on the Major League level and Frazier said he is ready to help the Reds work their way to the top of the league. “We had a good year, we made it to the playoffs the way we wanted to but we had a little unfinished business. We didn’t beat the Pirates.”
After finishing in third place in the 2012 Rookie of the Year race Frazier hit .234 this past season with 19 home runs and 73 RBI. “I had an okay year,” he said. “I need to get my average up a little bit.”
Spring training is just over a month away and Frazier said he has been busy working to improve his game before he arrives in Arizona. “The best thing about baseball is you play tomorrow. We’ve got a new year coming up and I’m not worried about nothing except this day.”
Gaining experience in the majors Frazier said there is much more work to be done. “Right now the comfort level is there but I want to keep working hard and being the player I am and keep playing for 10 to 15 years. If you are comfortable then there’s somebody behind you trying to get on your tail so you’ve got to stay on your toes.”
A lot has changed since those days on the Toms River fields but Frazier said he has enjoyed the journey. “This was a dream come true ever since I was 12 with the Little League World Series,” he said. “You have those hopes and aspirations and when they come true it’s pretty cool.”