At CodBall we tend to focus on players that go from the Cape to the majors in 1-3 years. However, most players have a good, long minor league career before getting the call. I was watching the Red Sox-Tigers game last night and saw that Jeff Frazier was making his major league debut. The name sounded familiar, but I didn't think much of it. The 9th inning grand slam by All-Star David Ortiz off All-Star closer Jose Valverde eclipsed all other events in the game. (Ironically, I have both on my fantasy baseball team). The Tigers ended up winning the game 6-5. Frazier scored a run in the game after Tim Wakefield (now the oldest pitcher ever to play for the Red Sox) walked him on and the Tigers intelligently bunted him over to 3rd.
This morning, thanks to a blog post by Touching the Game, I realized that Jeff Frazier played for the Chatham A's in 2003 and stayed with the Galops of Chatham (this was a season before Paul Galop took over commissioner duties). Frazier made the East All-Star team and led the A's in at bats (180), games played (44), hits (45), RBIs (22), and doubles (11). He made it up to AA ball in 2007, and has been playing for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens for the last two seasons. This year for the Mud Hens he has been outstanding with 23 home runs, 68 RBIs, and a .273 batting average.
Seven years ago last night, Frazier was playing for Chatham at an away game in Orleans. Last night, he was 92 miles west making his major league debut for the Tigers at Fenway Park. Welcome to the show, Jeff Frazier!