Clint Frazier made a serious improve transferring from the Yankees’ alternate web site to Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Now, the subsequent transfer might be from the bench to a spot within the lineup.
Officially recalled on Tuesday, the outfielder wasn’t in Aaron Boone’s lineup towards Braves right-hander Touki Toussaint, however the plan is for Frazier, who turns 26 subsequent month, to be included going ahead.
“I anticipate he’s going to play and play an vital function for us,’’ Boone stated late Tuesday afternoon. “Obviously, off the bench [Tuesday] might present a large spot. Just really feel like, once more, very tough having to ship him out. Based on his previous efficiency and his expertise, but in addition how he carried out within the spring and the summer time. I really feel like the place he’s at proper now, he went down there the subsequent day and the work has been good and constant and excited to have him again.’’
With designated-hitter Giancarlo Stanton out for presumably a month, Boone goes to want a productive bat to fill that emptiness. Tuesday evening it was the left-handed Mike Ford, however the supervisor stated Frazier might be utilized in a number of locations, together with DH.
“I can see him DHing, I can see him enjoying within the outfield, completely seeing him getting appears to be like in every single place,’’ Boone stated.
While Frazier isn’t going to be a Gold Glove winner, he’s an improve over Miguel Andujar, who the Yankees wished to take a look at within the outfield. That value Frazier a big-league uniform and he was despatched to the alternate web site on July 25. Not solely did Andujar make a fielding error on a routine floor ball in left area, he went 1-for-14 (.071) in 5 video games and joined Frazier in Scranton on Aug. 5.
Boone has carried out nicely discovering loads of enjoying time for fourth outfielder Mike Tauchman. Now the problem might be to get Frazier concerned on considerably of an everyday foundation. Playing time in left area might come towards lefty starters since Brett Gardner and Tauchman hit left-handed. Frazier might spell Aaron Judge in proper, however Frazier appears to be like extra comfy in left. And since Stanton left a large gap within the DH spot, Frazier might share that place with the left-handed-hitting Ford, who has performed with Frazier in Triple-A.
“Everyone is aware of Clint and what he can do with the bat and with the glove. I really like enjoying alongside him. He is an electrical participant. He has pop, velocity, hit skill, clearly nice arms on the plate,’’ stated Ford, who was the DH on Tuesday evening. “I feel he’ll do an excellent job when he’s in there. I’ve full confidence in him and I feel he is a superb asset to have on the workforce.’’
The greatest asset Frazier can present is, like all younger Yankees, he isn’t solely enjoying for the Yankees however auditioning for the opposite 29 groups. Despite his up and down Yankee profession, groups stay within the fifth decide of the 2013 draft by the Indians due to a bat that produced a .267 common, 12 homers, 38 RBIs and an OPS of .806 in 69 big-league video games a 12 months in the past.
By now the story is well-known. Had the common season opened on March 26, Frazier figured to be the beginning left fielder as a result of Stanton wasn’t going to be prepared attributable to an early spring coaching calf damage. Tauchman was going to be in proper as a result of Judge was nonetheless recovering from a fractured proper rib. And Gardner would have been in middle instead of Aaron Hicks, who was getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure on his proper elbow.
Of course the season didn’t begin till July 23, when all three outfielders have been again with Stanton the full-time DH and Gardner the left fielder.
Two days later Frazier was despatched out. No longer the magnet for consideration, Frazier is again at a time when the Yankees are in want of a right-handed bat with Stanton out.