PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Sept. 17, 2012) – As the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds face off for a three-game series from Sept. 18-20, so will former Scarlet Knights David DeJesus and Todd Frazier. Rutgers head baseball coach Fred Hill will be in attendance for all three games in Chicago.
“It’s a great opportunity to see both former players competing against each other,” said Hill. “It doesn’t happen very often. It will be great to see them both.”
Frazier’s Reds currently sit atop the NL Central standings, 11 games ahead of the trailing St. Louis Cardinals. DeJesus and the Cubs are 58-88 in the same division, but have won seven of their last 10 games. The two teams have met 13 times this season, with the Reds winning nine of those games.
Frazier has had a breakout year in his first full season in “The Show.” Playing in the infield for the Cincinnati Reds, Frazier is making a case for the National League Rookie of the Year honors. His .284 average ranks third among National League (NL) rookies who have more than 300 plate appearances in 2012. He is third among NL rookies with 18 home runs and second with 62 RBIs. The former Toms River High School South star has a slugging percentage of .517, ranking third among all rookies in the majors.
The Point Pleasant, N.J., native ranks ahead of Washington Nationals’ rookie sensation Bryce Harper, who is hitting .263 with 50 RBIs. Frazier has just 391 at-bats compared to Harper’s 476 and is just one home run shy of Harper’s 19.
Frazier’s name covers the Rutgers record books, ranking first in single season runs (87), career runs (210), single season home runs (22), career home runs (42), single season total bases (187) and is tied for first in single season doubles (24).
After spending the majority of his career with the Kansas City Royals, DeJesus played the 2011 season with the Oakland A’s. The Chicago Cubs signed DeJesus for the 2012 season, and his numbers are up from the previous year. DeJesus is hitting .266 with an on-base percentage of .356 in 451 plate appearances through 135 games. The outfielder has scored 67 runs for the Cubs with 26 doubles and seven triples. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native is a .282 career hitter. He has played in 1,197 career games spanning nine MLB seasons.
The Manalapan High School graduate is second all-time at Rutgers in career runs (203), tied for third in triples (13), fourth in doubles (55) and ninth in hits (211).
Two recently graduated Rutgers players from 2012 can be found on Minor League rosters. Third-baseman Patrick Kivlehan is a member of the Everett AquaSox, Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and compiled a .301 batting average. The Northwest League Most Valuable Player hit 12 homeruns, which tied for first on the AquaSox. Ryan Fasano pitches for the AZL Brewers, a Rookie Arizona League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander made 10 appearances and tallied a 3.38 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched.
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