Mississippi State shortstop Adam Frazier throws the baseball last season. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The summer was spent playing baseball games at various places in the United States for many of the Mississippi State baseball players.
For junior shortstop Adam Frazier, it was spent playing all over the world. Frazier played for Team USA during the summer and found himself playing in Europe.
Frazier and Team USA played in Haarlem, Netherlands and Cuba. Frazier learned a good bit during the summer.
"(I learned) how to stay focused on all these long road trips," Frazier said. "This summer we were traveling every day. They referred to it as the 'minor league life' a lot and I think they're exactly right about that. You understand what it takes to travel every day like that, then stay focused and still be able to play baseball."
Frazier didn't get to play as much as he would have liked. He did get some rest that was needed after a long season with the Bulldogs.
"I wanted to play, but there was a time the body was just fatigued," Frazier said. "That's part of the reason I felt like I just wasn't playing as well as before. It happens. You're in and out and it is a streaky game."
Frazier was playing with some of the best college baseball players. It was a good time for him to learn some things from some of his counterparts.Â
"I got to pick some brains of some of the best players in the country," Frazier said. "I thought it was a good experience just to add to my preparation and skills."
The Bulldogs enter the 2013 season with a great deal of buzz. After winning the 2012 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament in Hoover, Ala., the Bulldogs are ranked in nearly every preseason poll.
Frazier was a big reason for the tournament win and the preseason recognition.
The 2012 SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player has also picked up some preseason recognition. Frazier was selected as a preseason first team All-American by College Sports Madness. He was selected as a second teamer by Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball and National College Baseball Writers Association. He was a third teamer by Baseball America.
College Sports Madness also picked Frazier as a All-SEC first team player.
"I like it," Frazier said. "The recognitions are nice, but it's the preseason. The postseason is what matters, so I don't really get too excited about it all."
Frazier started all 64 games for the Bulldogs a season ago. He led the team with a .371 batting average. He had 16 doubles and drove in 26 runs.
"Frazier is certainly somebody who is a great baseball player," MSU head coach John Cohen said. "He just really understands the game. Mentally, he just shows up every day, and he's a hit guy. He can get hits, he can score runs, and he plays above his tools all the time, which is a real credit to who he is and his mentality."
The Bulldogs weren't the best offensive club last year. The Bulldogs only hit .251 as a team. This season Frazier sees the Bulldogs' offense coming along.
"Itâ€™s experience," Frazier said of why the hitting has improved.Â "Last year, everybody knows it really wasnâ€™t there but this year, it is. I know I experienced a big jump from my first year in the league to my second year. Everybody last year, it was their first year. You're going to see that same thing with a lot of guys. For six or seven guys, it was their first year in the lineup. They really showed some progress this fall from spring and it's going to carry over."
With the balance of offense, pitching, defense and chemistry the Bulldogs have this season, Frazier believes it will take them a long way.
"Everybody gets along great on the team," Frazier said. "Weâ€™ve got really great chemistry. (It's) a lot better than any other team Iâ€™ve been a part of since Iâ€™ve been here. All of that combined weâ€™ve got a good shot to get to Omaha and take of what we want to take care of."
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