Prospect Spotlight: Will Frizzell, 1B/DH, Washington Nationals
Introduced to our Dynasty Guru community by one Ross Jensen (follow Ross on Twitter, you won’t regret it), the left hand hitting Frizzell is no small human, checking in at 6’5, 225 pounds (watch him take BP in college, the bat looks like a twig).
He played four seasons in College Station. Appearing in 177 games Frizzell hit 30 home runs and slashed .292/384/.507 and was a first team All-American in 2021. That was good enough to be drafted by the Nationals, as they drafted him in the 8th round of the 2021 draft, and he even played nine games at Rookie ball before the end of the season.
Breakout – 2022 style
He began 2022 at Rookie ball, but didn’t last long and was promoted after eleven games to Single-A Fredricksburg. There he hit 11 homers, 11 doubles, and slashed a monster .377/.426/696 including a three-home run, 12 RBI performance on August 26th. Frizzell didn’t see much time in the field, appearing in the field exactly once in 2022. That’s weird, to be sure, so let us hope he sees some time at first base to at least gain eligibility for fantasy purposes.
He’s a big dude, did I say that already? Aaron Judge has shown us height isn’t anything but a number, but he had questions about holes in his swing for many years. Frizell turns 24 in late February, and is already 2.5 years older than the average age at Single-A. So, this ranking assumes he continues to hit, and hit well. Can he handle the pitching at Double-A (assuming he starts the season there)?How is he going to handle pitchers as he moves up is another big question. If there was a Risk option that was “through the ceiling” Frizzell would be it.
There’s always a gamble to this game, but for what he will cost in a dynasty league and, as he’s only 2% of Fantrax leagues, it will be a draft pick (if your off-season minor league drafts include already drafted players, that is). I would say a 3rd rounder should be a fine place to draft him…unless of course, your league-mates read The Dynasty Guru on the reg, in which case, you may have to draft him sooner.