STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Adam Frazier rightfully took home NL Player of the Week honors for his hot start to July, in which he has slashed .600/.625/.933 with eight extra base hits.
In the Pirates' run-production attack that started humming quite some time ago, Frazier had been the odd man out. As his teammates were coming up with timely hits from unexpected sources, even launching balls into the Allegheny, Frazier had fallen back from the pack, content to chase launch angle to such a degree that it robbed him of what he did so well last season — collecting singles and hitting the gaps.
Does Frazier's mini-outburst, swallowed up by the All Star Break, represent real changes that will propel him in the second half, much like last year? Or were the past two weeks something more ethereal, a wisp in the wind?