Jeff Frazier Back with Detroit Tigers Organization
Toms River’s Jeff Frazier is back with the Detroit Tigers organization after signing a contract to play for the Triple A Toledo MudHens this week.
The 29-year-old outfielder had been playing for Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican League until last week where he batted .273 with 3 homers and 14 RBI’s in 34 games. Frazier was a standout at Toms River High School South and Rutgers University before being selected by the Tigers in the third round of the 2004 draft.
After three years in Detroit’s Minor League system he was traded to Seattle in 2007 and following that year was sent back to the Tigers where he hit over .300 the next two seasons at the Double A and Triple A level.
Jeff spent most of 2010 at Toledo where he slugged a career-best 25 home runs and it was that power which earned him a call up to the majors for 9 games.
Following that season Frazier was a free agent and signed with the Washington Nationals and it appeared he would finally have a good shot at landing a steady job in the majors. However, shortly after he signed the Nationals acquired Jason Werth and Rick Ankiel and despite a very good spring there was simply no outfield roster spot for him. Jeff struggled last season at Triple A Syracuse where he batted just .226 and when the season ended the Nationals released him which led him to play in Mexico.
Now as he approaches his 30th birthday this may be the final shot for him as the Tigers could use some outfield help and if he finds his stroke in Toledo it could lead to an opportunity in Detroit. Jeff’s younger brother Todd is with the Cincinnati Reds where he has been used largely as pinch-hitter since being called up in April.