Todd Frazier is having a career year for the Cincinnati Reds. In 73 games, he already has 17 home runs, which leads the team and is already close to matching his career high of 19 set in 2013 and 2012. He leads the team with 44 RBIs and is second with 77 hits. His current batting average (.278) and on-base percentage (.346) are career bests. Frazier also has a .967 fielding percentage at third base, where he has started 69 games this year. He leads National League third basemen in home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage (.524) and wins above replacement (2.7). Follow this link to vote for Frazier to represent the National League in next month’s All-Star Game.
David DeJesus is playing in his first full season with the Tampa Bay Rays. After starring for eight seasons for the Kansas City Royals, where he was named the 2004 American League Rookie of the Year, DeJesus made stops to play for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals before Washington traded him to Tampa Bay in 2013. In 62 games this season, DeJesus has posted a .269 batting average, .367 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage, his best numbers since 2010. DeJesus has 49 hits, including 14 doubles and five home runs. DeJesus is primarily the Rays’ designated hitter, but in his 16 games spent in the outfield, he has not committed an error.
Patrick Kivlehan currently plays for the Seattle Mariners’ AA affiliate, the Jackson (Tenn.) Generals, after being promoted from the Class-A High Desert Mavericks earlier this season. Kivlehan leads the Generals with a .316 batting average and in 38 games has hit 10 doubles and two home runs. Kivlehan is currently riding a 15-game hitting streak and 27-game on-base streak, the longest current streaks in the Southern League. The former Rutgers football defensive back primarily plays third base for the Generals and has a .875 fielding percentage.
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Jayson Hernandez plays for the Salem (Va.) Red Sox, a Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The catcher has played in 23 games so far, where he has racked up 18 hits, including eight doubles and a home run, as well as six RBIs. The highest-level team Hernandez has played for is the Boston AA-affiliate Portland Sea Dogs in 2012.
Left-handed pitcher Rob Smorol currently plays for the Lowell (Mass.) Spinners, a Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Smorol has made three relief appearances for the Spinners this season, earning a 2.25 ERA and allowing a mere 3.4 hits per nine innings.
After the Cincinnati Reds drafted him in the eighth round of the MLB Draft earlier this month, Brian O’Grady has begun his first minor league assignment for the Billings (Mont.) Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. In his first two games for Billings, O’Grady has four hits in seven at-bats, including two doubles and three RBIs.