July 25, 2021

Adam Frazier


position | second base  bats | left  throws | right

2021 age | 29
2021 salary | $4.3 million
Contract status | Signed through 2021
Arbitration eligible | 2022
Earliest free agent | 2023

Teams | Pirates (2016-21), Padres (21)
Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Acquired | Traded by the Pirates to the Padres for Tucupita Marcano, Michell Miliano and Jack Suwinski on July 25, 2021.

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• NL All-Star (2021)

July 13, 2021

Player rankings, All-Star break


Babe Ruth. Bullet Rogan. Shohei Ohtani.

Or Ronald Acuña Jr. + Gerrit Cole.

Ohtani, the Angels designated hitter-pitcher, is the best player in baseball and the kind of person everyone “should embrace.”

Ohtani is hitting .279/.364/.698 with 33 home runs, 70 RBIs and 65 runs. Those numbers alone place him among the top five position players in the game.

But Ohtani pitches, too. The right-hander is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA. He has 87 strikeouts in 67 innings.

The top 10 players in baseball are:

1. Shohei Ohtani, Angels
2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
3. Fernando Tatís Jr., Padres
4. Jacob deGrom, Mets
5. Max Muncy, Dodgers
6. Zack Wheeler, Phillies
7. Brandon Crawford, Giants
8. Trea Turner, Nationals
9. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
10. Marcus Semien, Blue Jays

February 18, 2021

Mark Melancon


position | closer  throws | right

Pitches (2021) | 1. Cutter (92 mph)  2. Curveball (82)

2021 age | 36
2021 salary | $2 million
Earliest free agent | 2022

Player most similar to | Rafael Soriano
Career statistics | Baseball-Reference.com
Career year (2013) 2-2, 1.64 ERA, 47 saves
Teams | Yankees (2009-10), Astros (10-11), Red Sox (12), Pirates (13-16), Nationals (16), Giants (17-19), Atlanta (19-20), Padres (present)
Acquired | Signed a one-year, $2 million contract, with an option, with the Padres on Feb. 18, 2021.

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• Four-time All-Star (2013, 15-16, 21)

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• Saves (2015)
• Games (2016)