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New York Yankees Player Preview: Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier is a player who has tremendous talent and can be a star in the MLB. The New York Yankees’ 23-year old outfielder made his major league debut last season and impressed everyone.

Frazier, whose nickname is “Red Thunder” provided the Yankees with a spark last season. He showed why the Yankees acquired him for Andrew Miller.

Fraziers number’s from last season:

  1. AVG, 4 HR, 17 RBI, .268 OBP, .448 SLG

Background:

Frazier is from Loganville, Georgia where he attended Loganville High School.  Frazier was an amazing High school player as he won “The Jackie Robinson Award” in his junior year, which is awarded to the Perfect Game National Player of the Year. In his senior year, Frazier was named Gatorade’s National Player of the Year.

Clint was committed to play for the Georgia Bulldogs, but the Indians selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 Draft. The Indians awarded Frazier a $3.5 million dollar signing bonus for signing with them

Red Thunder:

In 2016 when the Yankees decided to trade reliever Andrew Miller, the bombers wanted a great player in return. The Yankees ultimately acquired Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller, and J.P. Feyereisen from the Indians for Andrew Miller. The Yankees had a choice between Frazier and Bradley Zimmer , but chose Frazier.

Frazier made his debut for the Yankees last season and did not disappoint. He spent a majority of his time in left field for the Yankees. Red Thunder was called up on July 1st in a series against the Astros in Houston. He had a fantastic debut hitting a double in his first at bat and in his second blasted a home run.

Red Thunder’s highlight of the season last year was the walk-off homer he hit off Corey Knebel of the brewers on July 8th.

Role on the 2018 Yankees:

Frazier had a rough start to Spring Training as he suffered a concussion against the Pirates on February 24th and has not played in any games since.

Frazier was not going to make the Opening Day roster out of spring training because the Yankees already have Gardner, Hicks, Stanton, Judge and Ellsbury on the 25-man-roster. With Frazier sustaining the concussion, he will most likely begin the season on the DL.

When he is healthy again, Red Thunder will begin the season in Triple-A. He will be one of the guys the Yankees bring up if there are any injuries and he also may be used as a trade chip.

Frazier’s name was discussed all winter in trades, so he is definitely someone who may be used to acquire a starting pitcher. Time will tell, but I think Frazier will get his chance in Pinstripes to join Judge and Stanton in the outfield for a long time. Frazier is a force at the plate and is a solid defender. Frazier should be given an opportunity this season and if given one he will take full advantage of it.

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