Now we have entered the top four of the Top 10 of the Mariners players right now. We also have the first player that was acquired by Jerry Dipoto this offseason, and that is the lone position player added thus far in the offseason. That is newly minted Mariners infielder Adam Frazier, who was acquired from the San Diego Padres.
Top 10 Mariners Players Right Now: #4 Adam Frazier
The reason that Frazier ranks this high on the top 10 Mariners players right now, is because of his track record of proven success at the big league level. The 30 year old second baseman has a career slash line of .281/.344/.412 with a 103 wRC+. He has had a very strong career, and he made the All-Star team last year with the Pirates before being traded to the Padres.
Adam Frazier as a player is pretty similar to J.P. Crawford but as a second baseman. The reason that Frazier ranks ahead of Crawford is that he is simply a better offensive player. If Crawford could get to the offensive numbers that Frazier has put up in his career, that would be a nice upgrade in production for the defensive wizard. However, Frazier currently has the offensive edge, and that gives him the edge in my rankings.
Looking at this year, Frazier should slot in for the M’s at second or third base, but most likely second. He is a solid defender and a great contact hitter. The thing that makes him great is his ability to get on base by hitting the ball a lot for average. Last season he had a batting average of .305, which was a career-high. He slaps the ball around a lot and gets lots of decent contact, but is not someone that will break the bank in terms of exit velocity.
Even though Frazier provides most of his value and production on offense, he is still an above-average defender and can make many good plays, like this one below.
All in all, Adam Frazier is a very good player, and on the best team he is not the best player in a lineup, and hopefully the Mariners add some more players that will push Frazier down this list. Ideally, he is just a really solid contributor for the Mariners in 2022, and he can put up really solid numbers in his first year in Seattle. He is only under contract for the 2022 season, so it will be interesting to see if he will perform well enough to earn an extension.