Frazier impressing at bat, in the field
MAY 13, 2014 5:19p ET
CINCINNATI -- Todd Frazier signed as a shortstop and thought he would die as a shortstop. Third base. That's for masochists, guys with a death wish.
So when minor-league manager Freddie Benavides called him aside in 2008 and said, "We're going to start moving you around, check you out at other positions," Frazier was aghast.
"What? I only made nine errors at shortstop and you're going to move me? Are you kidding me?" said Frazier.
Now it is six years later and Frazier is manning third base for the Cincinnati Reds and doing his best imitation of Brooks Robinson. He smiled broadly and said, "You know what? It's crazy. If I had insisted on staying at shortstop I'm sure I would not be in the big leagues right now."
Benavides, a former major-league shortstop is a Reds coach right now and works often with Frazier, who said, "And I still give him a bad time about making me change and he says, 'Oh you gonna bring that up again?'"
Frazier has made four errors this year and at least four times that many sensational stops and throws.