Todd Frazier enjoyed a breakout first half for the Cincinnati Reds and was rewarded on Sunday by being named to the National League All-Star team. The accolades continue to come in for the Reds third baseman as he was selected to participate in next Monday’s Home Run Derby.
Frazier will be the first Reds player to participate in the derby since Ken Griffey Jr took part in the event in 2000 and joins Reggie Sanders, Chris Sabo and Eric Davis as the fifth player in franchise history to partake in the fan-friendly event.
None of them won the event, and Frazier may not either, but his 17 home runs are only four behind Miami Marlins’ right fielder Giancarlo Stanton for the league lead, but he may walk away having more fun than any of the other participants.
Frazier invited his brother Charlie to be his pitcher in the derby in what will be a family affair for the siblings in Target Field next week.
“He throws to me back home all the time and I think it will be pretty cool to have your brother throw to you and hopefully he doesn’t freeze up,” said Frazier. “Let’s hope both of us can figure something out and get in a groove.”
Yasiel Puig was picked to participate along with Tulowitzki and Stanton to round out four of the five participants for the NL. The fifth and final pick will be revealed on Thursday as they make us wait.
Who do you think should be the fifth player selected?