Reds rookie Todd Frazier has flown under the radar for much of the season, with Mike Trout and Bryce Harper attracting most of the acclaim for first-year players.
Frazier earned the honor of National League Rookie of the Month after batting .330 with a .393 on-base percentage and 25 RBIs in August. He hit six home runs and posted a .587 slugging percentage as he helped the Reds to 19 wins in the month, which was tied with the Nationals and Rangers for the most in baseball.
The 26-year-old infielder helped pick up the slack with All-Star first baseman Joey Votto sidelined following knee surgery. During a six-game stretch from Aug. 9-15, Frazier tallied 13 hits in 23 at-bats (.565 average) with two homers and seven RBIs. The Toms River, N.J., native recorded at least one hit in 23 of 30 August tilts.
"I didn't even know there was an award for it, honestly, until a couple of days ago when someone said I was in the running for it," Frazier said. "I saw Trout won. It's pretty cool. It's a nice honor. It's great to see. I will keep working hard. Hard work pays off."
Overall, Frazier is batting .292 with 18 homers, 23 doubles and 62 RBIs. He had competition for the award from Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario, who hit .304 with seven homers, and pitcher Adam Ottavino, who compiled a 3-0 mark and 1.14 ERA in 23 2/3 innings. Mets rookie hurler Matt Harvey posted a 3.19 with 31 strikeouts in 31 innings.