The Pirates are just about one third of the way through the 2021 MLB season and when play begins tonight, Adam Frazier will have spent another day atop the MLB’s hits leaderboard.
With 77 hits on the campaign, Frazier finds himself just one hit ahead of division rival Nick Castellanos. Castellanos actually leads baseball in batting average with .357, while Reds teammate Jesse Winker trails him at .346. Frazier then slides in at third place in the National League with an average of .330, trailing only Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Yuli Gurriel from the American League.
Frazier also leads baseball in doubles with 21.
Needless to say, Adam Frazier has been a bright spot in an otherwise forgetful Pirates season. As of tonight’s game against the Dodgers, Pittsburgh has a record of 23-36. Though the return of the highly touted Ke’Bryan Hayes seems to have provided some life, Pittsburgh is a team that will surely be selling whatever isn’t nailed down at the deadline.
Frazier is under club control through 2022 and the likelihood of him being moved by the trade deadline is high. In January, Jon Heyman tweeted that his name had been mentioned often during off-season trade talks. The Yankees have been thrown around as a potential suitor, though no official talks have been reported as of now.