STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Adam Frazier is doing it again.
As the 2019 Pirates season winds down with a slate of meaningless games, Frazier is once again giving fans serious pause in discarding his candidacy for an everyday position in 2020.
A funny thing happened on the way to a 2020 Kevin Newman-Cole Tucker keystone combination in the middle of the infield. Over his past 217 plate appearances -- or, the entirety of July 1st through today -- Frazier has slashed .318/.375/.510 with 24 extra base hits. Across that same time, he has struck out at a cool 11 percent rate while walking 6.9 percent of the time. His .885 OPS over those two months and change would represent the absolute zenith of any stretch in his career.
But we've seen this before. I've written about his lack of production before. In that piece, I noted that Frazier has a reputation for late-season strides that bolster his claim to an opening day 25-man roster spot. That's exactly how the story unfolded in 2018, and it's happening again, right now.