Confident Frazier off to sizzling start at the plate

Confident Frazier off to sizzling start at the plate

ST. LOUIS -- With his role secure and always brimming with self-assurance, third baseman Todd Frazier has gotten off to an extremely hot start for the Reds.

Frazier entered Monday batting .480 (12-for-25) over his first six games with a team-leading three home runs and nine RBIs. He was 10-for-16 (.625) over the last four games.

"I just want to drive the ball and keep doing what I did last year and keep producing for this team," Frazier said. "It goes to show you, when we get good pitching going, our hitting will come through."

Frazier, who excelled last season replacing both Joey Votto and Scott Rolen at the corner infield spots, was told the job at third base was his after Rolen was not re-signed.

After a slow start to Spring Training, Frazier found his swing in the second half of camp. Unlike last year, he didn't have to worry about making the team and could just prepare for the regular season.

"I'm very happy with what's going on with my swing," Frazier said. "I think I'm right where I need to be. I will just keep making slight adjustments to keep being a better hitter and the hitter I need to be. I'm going up there with all the confidence in the world."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.