The Pittsburgh Pirates must have gotten a good look at Matt Fraizer early in the season, and whatever they saw in the Arizona Wildcats outfielder must have outweighed any injury concerns.
Fraizer was drafted by the Pirates in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft on Tuesday, taken with the No. 95 overall pick. Per MLB.com, that draft spot comes with an approximate bonus value of $610,800.
Tucson ➡️ Steel City!— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) June 4, 2019
Congratulations to Matt Fraizer, selected by the Pittsburgh @Pirates in the 3rd round of the #MLBDraft! #MLBTrainingGround | #BearDown pic.twitter.com/xcZMpBL3qT
The junior was having a stellar year for Arizona before suffering a season-ending hand injury in the first Pac-12 series in March. In 19 games, all starts, he hit .412 with a home run and 28 RBI and just six strikeouts in 85 at-bats.
For his career, Fraizer hit .300 with three homers and 60 RBI.
Fraizer is the third member of Arizona’s 2019 squad to be picked in the 2019 draft. Cameron Cannon and Nick Quintana went in the second round to the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, respectively.