Sep. 19, 2016
The ChiSox Have Found Their New Adam Dunn
The 2016 Chicago White Sox seemed to have found their new, overpaid Adam Dunn in current third baseman Todd Frazier. The only striking difference between the Big Donkey and Frazier is the fact that Todd plays a position of significance: the hot corner.
Before being traded to the Oakland Athletics in 2014, Dunn played in 106 games, collecting only 80 hits (although 20 of them left the park) with a slash line of .220/.340/.433. Outside of the homeruns, Dunn lacked production, only driving in 54 runs while striking out 132 times. Over the course of his four years in a ChiSox uniform, the slugging first baseman only batted .201/.321/.410, collecting 106 (approximately 29% of his hits) homeruns along the way to go with 278 RBI and 720 strikeouts.
Todd “@FlavaFraz21” Frazier was a somewhat more productive hitter as a Cincinnati Red, in terms of average and doubles, than he has been for the Southside Bombers. During his short tenure in Chicago, Frazier has hit .212/.293/.450. He has seen an uptick in homerun power numbers; currently with 33 bombs and 83 RBI. However, his batting average has dropped nearly 45 points in comparison to his career average as a Red. The slugger has struck out 131 times so far this season, and if my math skills are as good as I think they are, he will collect a total of 168 K’s by seasons end; 29 more than his career high.
Looking back, I remember watching Adam Dunn play for the White Sox. I only remember him as a power threat and nothing more. It always seemed that he was a batter that was easy to attack for both right-handers and left-handers on the mound. His high strikeout rate seemed to lessen the effects of his massive power. I do not remember any situation that I was nervous when Dunn came to the plate in any sort of game.
It is my belief that Todd Frazier is similar to the Big Donkey. Yes, he can bomb the ball with the best of them. However, he strikes out out an exorbitant amount of times, lessening his power threat. Watching FlavaFraz as a ChiSox has not scared me and I feel that the pitchers facing him have had little to stress about when he’s been at the plate. Frazier may be a 2-time All Star and a Home Run Derby Champ, but as a White Sox he is more likely to be an out than any major thorn in the side of a pitcher.
While watching the majestic bombs players like Dunn and Frazier can hit is fun, no .212 hitter who hits 40 homers is paid $7.5 million is worth it to me. Even worse is the fact that Dunn was paid $13 million in his final season in Chicago. THESE PLAYERS ARE NOT WORTH THE MONEY. I’d rather my team consist of players who are fast, can bat for high averages, bring exciting defense to the field and can hit the occasional bomb over a player that will give me 40 moonshots and nothing more.