When filling the New York Yankees lineup, Clint Frazier has shown he is a starter. His bat speed and hard work in the offseason to improve his defensive play would say yes. Let’s learn more about this conclusion before making it.
Clint Frazier started as a Cleveland Indian. Selected 5th in the 1st round in 2013.
Recognized he played in their farm system until the Yankees received him as part of a trade for Andrew Miller back in 2016 with Cleveland.
The Yankees assigned Frazier to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League (AAA).
Frazier began the 2017 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He played 73 games for the RailRiders before getting called up, posting a .257 average with 12 home runs, 42 RBIs, and stole 9 bases.
The Big Leagues
Continuing to excel, Clint Frazier hit his first MLB home run in his Yankee debut against the Houston Astros. Frazier also hit a double earlier in the game, making Yankee history. He was the first Yankee rookie who hit a homer and a double in their big league debut.
On July 8, 2017, he hit a walk-off home run off of Milwaukee reliever Corey Knebel securing the win against the Brewers.
Paving his way into a permanent position with his play it seemed like nothing would prevent his insertion.
Frazier overcame multiple injuries. Despite working hard in 2017, the team first placed him on the 10-day disabled list due to a left oblique strain in August of that season.
Frazier began the 2018 season on the disabled list with a concussion.
Because of this, his transition following the concussion would send him on a rollercoaster ride between the minors and the majors.
Frazier came back with a determination to earn his pinstripes, yet again.
On April 6th, 2019, Frazier was brought in to pinch-hit against the Baltimore Orioles. He hit a go-ahead three-run home run to the left-field seats that ultimately gave the Yankees the 6-4 win.
Showing that the previous day was not a fluke, Frazier hit two home runs in a 15-3 win against the Orioles.
He was given more drive when the Yankees picked up Edwin Encarnación.
He did not falter when sent to the minors, instead, he worked on his craft. Frazier was heavily criticized by Yankee fans due to his poor defense in 2019. Many fans did not believe he had what it takes to be the Yankees left fielder.
Due to his determination, he returned yet again in August 2020 to fill in for Giancarlo Stanton. After improving his skills he came out on fire, going 3 for 4 against the Atlanta Braves in his 2020 debut.
Glowing with determination he was rewarded as he took over the starting left fielder position for the Yankees in September 2020. In 39 games in 2020, Frazier slashed .267/.394/.511 with eight home runs.
Yankee fans were impressed with his improvement and are hopeful for Frazier to get even better in 2021.
Clint Frazier is a player who has worked hard to reach his position. He has overcome injuries while learning how to be a better player and teammate.
His poise through the process has definitely made him a future star for the Yankees.