How often does it happen that an amateur player, a teenager, shows such potential that they become the subject of a Yahoo News! article before the comparable professional league gets underway, months before their respective sport's Draft? Not too often, and when they do, it's usually basketball after one of the invitational prep tournaments. In the last five years, only Bryce Harper has merited this kind of attention well ahead of Draft Day....until now.
Did you notice how quickly his teammates gathered at home plate? The kid hadn't even reached first when they piled out, in what was obviously a no-doubter in a respectable (330 foot down the LF line) park. Oh, and it was a three-run shot to put his team ahead. Oh, and in hitting it he essentially "outdueled" the other big-name prospect that over 70 scouts came to see at this game between Louisville and Grayson, Austin Meadows. Don't believe me? This is Baseball America's absolutely-GUSHING account of the exploit. Oh, and in the next six games he hit five more out. And, entering his senior year, he's already broken the previous career mark for HR at his alma mater, which was set by a current active major-leaguer (Brandon Moss).
What has brought this young man this sort of attention? Click on the Yahoo link above, which has many pics and multiple videos. Suffice to say is that, before the prep season began, he was already either the number-one or number-two ranked prep player in the country. Now, with his season just seven games old, it might just be that Frazier has a chance of being the number-one ranked prospect, period.
Gentlemen, behold the projectable body and quick hands of 6' 1", 190-pound high school senior Clint Frazier. So quick, that in the video below he clearly tomahawks what would eventually go out over the LF wall. In, uh, the Metrodome.
But wait, there's more. This video shows Frazier on a West Coast jaunt. The last minute is shot at Petco Park. I like it when he hits a line drive off the Western Supply Building, and also a big fly ball that goes out to dead-center...and out. Petco, even in the daytime, not too favorable for power hitters. So, yeah, I think the kid can really hit. And I don't think he's going to end up playing OF for Georgia, either: