It was not that long ago that Jason Frasor was forever damned to the bowels of the bullpen. Now after settling in quite nicely as the interim closer, Frasor has become one of the shining stars of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Frasor has been a very busy guy due to the fact that he’s made four appearances and collected four saves this week alone. Two of those saves came with runners on base, but Frasor buckled down and did not allow a single run in those four games. Despite Cito Gaston’s mismanagement of the bullpen, one pitcher that has provided him with consistent results has been the golden boy, Jason Frasor.
The most notable difference in Jason Frasor compared to last year is his control. His BB/9 has plummeted from 6.08 to 2.66 since 2008. He has surrendered just 15 walks alone this season, which is one of the best in the Jays bullpen. Couple that with an addition of a changeup and Frasor has been nearly unstoppable.
Frasor ranks in the top ten relievers in the American League when it comes to WHIP (0.99), FIP (2.89), opponent batting average (.197), and HR/9 (0.53).
Personally, I would love to see the Blue Jays give Frasor the full-time closer position next year. The problem with that is it doesn’t financially make sense to pay Scott Downs $4 million dollars to be the setup man. Jason Frasor will hit arbitration this off-season and just ballparking a guess here, he will probably command somewhere in the neighbourhood of $2 million dollars.
As great as the golden boy has been this year, he is likely to regress a little bit in 2010. Scott Downs suffered the same fate this year and hopefully he will bounce back next year and can put those nagging injuries behind him for good.
So what have the Blue Jays learned thanks to the emergence of Jason Frasor? Always look twice because you never know when you might find a diamond in the rough.