Todd Frazier came into the 2010 season as one of the Reds highest rated prospects. He had been playing second base toward the end of 2009, but when 2010 rolled around he found himself back in left field full time until injuries on the team led to him playing first and third for the Bats.
Frazier got off to a very slow start. In April he hit just .196/.313/.286 with 7 walks and 16 strikeouts in 56 at bats. Unlike in the past, Frazier struck out quite a bit more than he ever had in the past. Toss in a low line drive rate and we can see where the struggles started to come from.
In May, it was much like April as Frazier posted a .198/.250/.416 line with 6 walks and 27 strikeouts in 101 at bats. He showed good power on the month, but his plate discipline was quite poor as his walk rate was under 6% and his strikeout rate was 24%.
June saw some more improvements, as he hit .258/.298/.505 while again showing good power but his plate discipline was still lacking with 5 walks and 22 strikeouts in 97 at bats. The improvement in power helped carry the month from bad to acceptable.
July saw a little bit more improvement with a .283/.333/.434 line, though the plate discipline was still an issue as Frazier struck out 30 times and walked just 6 times. He traded in some power for more line drives, which helped out the average, but took off some slugging.
August was far and away the best month of the season for Frazier as he hit .323/.437/.495 with 18 walks (more than May through July combined) and 26 strikeouts in 99 at bats. The improved walk rate was very good to see.
September was less than a week long, but Frazier hit .286/.400/.619 in 6 games with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts before heading to the playoffs with Louisville.
Overall it was a disappointing season for Frazier as his overall line was just .258/.333/.448 with 45 walks and 127 strikeouts. The rate at which he walked and struckout were the lowest and highest he has ever posted in the minor leagues since being drafted.
Here is his spray chart: