Starkville (HailState.com) – Since leading Mississippi State to the College World Series Championship Series in 2013, Adam Frazier is no stranger to the big stage. Fast forward to 2016 and Frazier will now get his shot on the biggest stage there is in baseball.
The Pittsburgh Pirates called up Frazier from the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians on Friday, making State’s single-season hits leader the 55th Diamond Dawg in school history to reach the Majors.
Frazier has been a force at the plate since being drafted by the Pirates in 2013. The Bishop, Ga., native has batted above .300 in three of his four seasons in the minors, with his highest average coming this season in Indianapolis. Frazier currently has an International League-leading .333 clip (87 for 261) with 22 RBIs, 16 doubles and 4 triples. He also currently holds a .401 on-base percentage and a .370 slugging percentage, both career highs.
Most recently, Frazier has collected a hit in 12 of his last 14 games, and has tallied 22 multi-hit games this season. Of those 22, seven have been three-hit performances and two have been four-hit ballgames.
A major reason for Frazier call up to the Majors could be his performance in the month of June, where the shortstop has batted .391 with 11 RBIs, 7 doubles and 3 triples.
Frazier was invited to participate in Spring Training earlier this year with the Pirates, going 7 for 24 (.292) with 1 RBI, a double and a triple.
Frazier is the third Bulldog this season to be called up, joining former MSU lefty Chad Girodo, who was called up to Toronto on April 22, and 2012 SEC Pitcher of the Year Chris Stratton, who joined the San Francisco Giants on May 28.
With the call up to the Big Leagues, Frazier joins Stratton (San Francisco Giants), Girodo (Toronto Blue Jays), Kendall Graveman (Oakland Athletics), Mitch Moreland (Texas Rangers) and Jonathan Papelbon (Washington Nationals) as MSU’s six representatives in the Majors. Frazier becomes the first Bulldog since Paul Maholm to play for the Pirates and the third in program history. Maholm pitched for the Pirates from 2005-11.
The Bulldog junior was drafted by the Pirates on June 7, 2013, a day before MSU began play in the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional. Frazier went to Pittsburgh in the sixth round (179th pick).
Frazier is now the fourth member of the star-studded 2013 CWS Bulldog squad to reach the Majors, joining Girodo, Graveman and Jacob Lindgren (New York Yankees). He also becomes the fifth Bulldog drafted since head coach John Cohen took over in 2009 to play on baseball’s biggest stage.
In his three seasons with the Maroon and White, Frazier developed into one of the best hitters in program history. He capped off his career with a stellar 2013, where he earned a program-record 107 hits. That same season Frazier tallied 7 triples, which is the second-best in a single season at MSU. Frazier closed out 2013 with Perfect Game Second Team All-American honors, while also finishing as a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation’s top shortstop, and garnering All-SEC Defensive Team laurels.
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