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08/05/09 6:58 PM ET
Reds dispel rumors of Phillips to SS
Prospect Frazier's reps at second base led to speculation
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- The Reds are giving one of their top prospects, Todd Frazier, a spin at second base with Double-A Carolina. As for speculation for what that might mean for current second baseman Brandon Phillips in Cincinnati, general manager Walt Jocketty didn't think too much should be read into it. "He's played left field all year," Jocketty said of Frazier on Wednesday. "We know he can play shortstop. We know he can play third base. We want to see if he can play second base. We're trying to develop players to play different positions. It has nothing to do with Phillips." Frazier, who has started Carolina's past five games at second base, entered the night batting .305 in 103 games with 12 home runs and 58 RBIs. The 23-year-old was drafted as a shortstop in 2007 and has played extensively at third base. Carolina currently has two other elite prospects at those positions with Juan Francisco at third base and Zach Cowart at shortstop. Meanwhile, Phillips has had no discussions with the club about switching to the other side of the infield. "Nobody has said anything to me," Phillips said. Phillips was originally a shortstop as he rose through the systems of the Expos and Indians. He's played there a couple of times for the Reds. "I will do whatever the team wants me to do," Phillips said. "I won a Gold Glove at second base. If I have to go somewhere else, I will try to win a Gold Glove there. I will let them make the decisions."
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.