Former Indy minor leaguer Adam Frazier selected as MLB star
The road to Major League Baseball can be grueling, from extended stays in minor leagues to hotel rooms and the Airbnbs that come with it.
But the occasional reminder of the success that could be ahead serves as added motivation, especially in the midst of the mid-season drag.
For the Indianapolis Minor Leaguers, that recall came in the form of Adam Frazier earlier this month.
A former member of the Indianapolis minor league baseball team, Frazier has been with the Pirates for most of his career since 2016.
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On July 1, he was named the National League All-Star starter with a .325 batting average to go with his four home runs and 28 RBIs. He leads the National League with 107 hits.
“That’s really cool, man,” says Brian Esposito – whose first season at the helm of Indianapolis (2018) overlapped Frazier’s last. “It’s very good for the organization. But above all, it’s great for him. It is a very great accomplishment.
Esposito texted Frazier on July 2 to congratulate him while acknowledging his work ethic and the way he approaches the game.
Esposito says Frazier’s dedication continued through the major league camps and last season when Esposito got the chance to hang out with the Pirates after the minor league season was canceled due to COVID-19 .
“He’s always all about business,” Esposito said. “… He’s just a constant guy who always tries to perfect his art. All this work has paid off. “
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Frazier told local reporters on Friday he was going about his usual match day routine before Pirates manager Derek Shelton told him he was selected as a starter when he said to the team was a protocol meeting.
“I had just gotten out of the hot tub and showered, just getting ready with my normal routine,” Frazier said. “I wonder why the hell we had a meeting at 6:15 am for the protocols.”
Esposito gives Frazier just as much credit for the way he behaves off the field – calling him a player at all times, something Esposito has seen in their many rounds of golf off the season.
“He’s a fun guy to be around,” Esposito said. “It’s really cool to see him being rewarded for what he has done.”
Frazier is often seen as someone who doesn’t talk too much about himself. On his Twitter feed, you won’t find anything about his selection of All-Star games.
Instead, the former Mississippi state player spent the week celebrating his school’s College World Series title.
Players such as Nick Mears – who was called up by Pittsburgh on Sunday – have had the chance to work and play with Frazier, and their feelings for the way he behaves off the field echo those of Esposito.
“The guy is one of the most genuine, nicest guys I’ve met in baseball,” Mears said. “He deserves everything he’s getting right now.”
Esposito says that even if someone within the organization is selected as an All-Star starter, he tries not to compare the course of one player to another.
But his players notice when success occurs with players like Frazier or fellow Pirates Bryan Reynolds – who was named an All-Star Reserve on Sunday night – and JT Brubaker who followed the same path through Indy.
“It definitely gives us hope here in Triple-A,” Mears said.