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Todd Frazier was selected 34th overall by the Cincinnati Reds in the first round of the 2007 amateur draft. Baseball America declared him the top professional prospect in the Northern Region, and the publication also named Frazier a 2007 first team All-American. Frazier played shortstop for three seasons at Rutgers University, hitting 42 career home runs. His brothers, Jeff Frazier and Charlie Frazier, are also baseball players. Jeff made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers in 2010, while Charlie spent five seasons in the Florida Marlins' system.

Frazier first made headlines as a little leaguer in 1998, winning the Little League World Series as a member of Toms River East. He struck out the final batter from the Kashima, Japan team to seal a 12-9 USA victory. Frazier finished the World Series tournament with a .600 average and 4 home runs.

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The Colorado Rockies drafted Frazier in the 37th round of the 2004 amateur draft after he had a stellar high school career that included a .521 batting average during his senior season; the low selection was presumably because Frazier had opted to go on to college, as he chose instead to play for coach Fred Hill at Rutgers University. He was a Baseball America Freshman All-American, and hit .295/.392/.505 with 9 home runs and 19 stolen bases during his first collegiate season. Frazier hit .366/.471/.599 and tacked on 11 home runs during his sophomore campaign. He made the Big East Conference All-Conference team at shortstop. That summer, he joined the USA college national team. He hit .224 and slugged .368, the lowest average of any position player on a team that would win Gold in the 2006 World University Championship.

His Junior season was by far his best, as he posted a .377 average with 22 home runs, 24 doubles, 62 walks, and 25 stolen bases. He led the Big East in homers (9), runs scored (35), total bases (73) and slugging percentage (.689) in conference competition and was the unanimous Big East Player of the Year. His performance led Rutgers to the College World Series regional qualifiers, where he went 4 for 12 with 4 doubles and 2 walks.

After his selection by the Reds in the 2007 amateur draft, Frazier was signed by scout Lee Seras and made his professional debut with the Billings Mustangs on July 11th. He had two hits, a run, and an RBI in the game. On July 22nd, he hit his first professional home run. He hit a stellar .319/.405/.538 between Billings and the Dayton Dragons that first year. In 2008, he hit .321 in 30 games for Dayton to earn an early promotion to the Sarasota Reds of the Florida State League. He hit .281 with 20 doubles and 12 homers in 100 games to continue his progression up the ladder. 2009 found him with the AA Carolina Mudcats, where he hit .290 in 119 games before playing another 16 games at AAA with the Louisville Bats. Combined, he was .292/.351/.481, with 45 doubles and 16 homers. He had his first slightly off season with Louisville in 2010, being limited to a .258 average in 130 games; he still showed good power though, with 32 doubles and 17 homers. He was again at Louisville for the start of the 2011 season and played 90 games there, hitting .260 with 18 doubles and 15 homers.

Frazier reached the major leagues with the Reds in 2011, making his debut on May 23rd, going 0 for 1 as a pinch-hitter. He returned to Louisville after the game, then came back for good on July 22nd. He played 41 games, hitting .232 with 6 homers and 15 RBI. He hit his first big league homer on July 31st, off the San Francisco Giants' Barry Zito in a 9-0 win. He played another 10 games with Louisville before coming back to the Reds in 2012. On May 16th, he had his first two-homer game in front of friends and family at Citi Field; Cincinnati beat the New York Mets, 6-3. He connected off Johan Santana and D.J. Carrasco. He got to play regularly when 1B Joey Votto went on the disabled list in late June and was out for two months; he was one of the reasons the Reds managed to stay in first place in spite of the absence of their offensive leader, as he was named American League Rookie of the Month for August. That month, he collected 36 hits and 25 RBI, batted .330 and scored 19 runs. He also hit 6 home runs. Ironically, Votto had been the last Reds player to win that honor, in September of 2008. He finished the season with a batting line of .273/.331/.498 in 128 games, with 26 doubles, 19 homers and 67 RBI. He then went 1 for 6 in the NLDS, as Votto was back in the line-up. Frazier finished third in the Rookie of the Year vote, behind Bryce Harper and Wade Miley, but did receive 3 first-place votes. He was however named the third baseman on the 2012 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

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