Clint Frazier has been one of the question marks for the New York Yankees this season.
Many forget that he endured a brutal concussion injury that sidelined him for most of the season last year, which could have thrown off his rhythm. He has been up and down from majors to minors this year, based on his below-average skills on defense. Frazier has had difficulty to realize that some of his game is not at a major league level. Once he was optioned to Triple AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he deleted any pictures of him in a Yankee uniform from his Instagram page.
Has Frazier Proven his worth in the Big Leagues?
He is one of the many Yankees to display his power against the Orioles this season by smashing six home runs (Baseball-Reference). In 53 games with the Bombers, he is batting .283 with 11 home runs, and 34 runs batted in (Baseball-Reference). In the minor leagues this season, he is batting .248, with 8 home runs, and 25 runs batted in (Baseball-Reference). There is some decline in production from the majors to minors, which is quite odd for a player that has a lot of potentials. He most likely lost some confidence and motivation when he got sent down. With his quick swing and fast hands, Frazier should be dominating the minors when facing lower velocities on average.
There may be some inconsistency to his approach at the plate, but if Aaron Boone is looking for some pop off the bench, Frazier is the guy. He has still proven to be a valuable pinch hitter with runners on base. The 34 RBIs he has driven in is significant enough to be placed on the expanded roster.
Hopefully, next spring, the fans will get to see a new Clint Frazier that could be part of one of the best outfields in baseball, when everyone is healthy. Frazier is still young and if he works on his defense, he will have a place on the team for years to come.