Frazier, Heisey, Wood among top AA prospects

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Todd FrazierBaseball America has ranked 2009 Bats Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey and Travis Wood among the top 20 prospects in the AA Southern League. The trio each spent time at AA Carolina before second-half promotions to Louisville. Heisey spent the most time with Louisville, but Frazier and Wood both made key contributions during the late-season playoff hunt. (Read more)

Here’s a look at each player’s AA stats and a snippet of Ben Badler’s analysis:

12) 2B Todd Frazier

  • .290/.350/.481, 14 HR, 68 RBI
  • “He has the hand-eye coordination, athleticism and knack for the barrel to allow him to cover the plate. He’s strong, but his swing is more conducive to generating drives in the gap than loft.”

14) OF Chris Heisey

  • .347/.426/.572, 13 HR, 40 RBI
  • “Thanks to his all-around instincts, Heisey gets the most out of his raw tools. He routinely puts together solid plate appearances with a good approach at the plate.”

20) LHP Travis Wood

  • 9-3, 1.21, 103 SO, 119 IP
  • “His best pitch is his changeup, with plus to occasional plus-plus action, showing outstanding late sink and separation from his fastball at 75-79 mph. He uses his 83-86 mph cutter, which he first started throwing at the end of 2008, to jam righthanders.”

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