Clint Frazier has started the season with a cold streak at the plate. The New York Yankeesâ€™ left fielder took a major step forward last season, especially in the patience department, increasing his walk rate from 6.5% in 2019 to 15.6% last season. This year, it is at 17.2%, but it appears he is taking things to the extreme, embracing an approach that seems too passive at times.
Because he is slashing .146/.293/.188 with no homers and a 53 wRC+, the Yankees have been decreasing Frazierâ€™s playing time lately. That is something the outfielder is not particularly happy about, but definitely understands.
â€œItâ€™s not fun to not play but if I were to sit back and say that I deserve to be in there every single day based off what Iâ€™ve been doing at the plate, then Iâ€™d be wrong,â€ Frazier told the media after the Yankees lost on Sunday, per NJ Advance Media. â€œI think itâ€™s justified. I havenâ€™t given any production out there in left and if one person canâ€™t, the next person gets the opportunity.â€
The Yankees need Frazier to get going
Defensively, he has alternated excellent plays, like the diving catch in Sundayâ€™s game, with others in which he hasnâ€™t looked as good. And at the plate, he has managed to muster only two hits in his last 43 trips to the plate.
â€œIâ€™ve been working really hard behind the scenes to get this going,â€ Frazier said. â€œI put in a lot of work during the game (Sunday) in the cage, literally went right from the batting cage into the batterâ€™s box and I liked the results.â€
The Yankeesâ€™ outfielder also said he thinks he is experiencing a â€œslight mechanical issueâ€ in his swing.
â€œI have like 500 different batting stances, and theyâ€™ve all worked at one point in time, and the difficult part is Iâ€™ve never really settled into a stance,â€ Frazier said. â€œIâ€™m a feel guy. The stuff that I was doing was not working. It was time for me to go back and look at the archives and see what I could do to get in my legs better and be able to get down on time. For me to be able to swing, the little hitch that I have in my swing, if it fires a little bit late then I have trouble connecting on pitches that I would normally have.â€