Clint Frazier
Clint Frazier
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
New York Yankees
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Frazier's 2019 campaign was an exercise in frustration. He burst out of the gates to post a .324/.342/.632 slash line with six home runs and 17 RBI in his first 18 games, but a sprained left ankle halted his hot streak and sent him to the IL. When he returned, Frazier immediately sank into a 6-for-40 slide; then he caught fire again before a roster crunch resulted in a demotion to Triple-A to work on his defense. Frazier toiled in the minors before returning to the big club when rosters expanded in September, but he hit .176 for the month and was left off the playoff roster. The 25-year-old owns legitimate offensive tools, but his poor defense and high career strikeout rate (29.4%) have lowered his stock substantially. Frazier is too young and too talented to give up on entirely, but his path to playing time with the Yankees is limited, making him nothing more than a late round dart throw on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $3.5 million contract with the Indians in June of 2013. Traded to the Yankees in July of 2016.
Recalled as expected
OFNew York Yankees
August 11, 2020
Frazier was recalled by the Yankees as expected Tuesday.
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Frazier didn't have a role in a crowded Yankees outfield to begin the year, but with Giancarlo Stanton set to miss multiple weeks with a Grade 1 hamstring strain, playing time should be available again. There's still no guarantee Frazier plays regularly, however, as he lines up as the team's fifth outfielder, with Mike Tauchman serving as the top bench option.
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Since 2018vs Left .807 76 12 4 9 0 .239 .329 .478
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2019vs Left .727 61 6 4 9 0 .196 .262 .464
2019vs Right .832 185 25 8 29 1 .290 .335 .497
2018vs Left 1.145 15 6 0 0 0 .455 .600 .545
2018vs Right .530 26 3 0 1 0 .174 .269 .261
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Once a promising outfield prospect -- widely viewed as one of the very best in the minor leagues -- Frazier now faces an uncertain future after battling concussion issues throughout most of 2018. He suffered the initial concussion in a collision with the outfield wall during an early spring game. Frazier's symptoms lingered and he was forced to the 7-day DL to begin the season. Once cleared, Frazier rode the shuttle for a couple months before post-concussion migraines popped up during a July 19 game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He started to ramp up his baseball activities a little over a month later and a September return was mentioned as a possibility, but yet another setback took that off the table. The fifth overall pick in 2013, Frazier has a lot of natural hitting ability, but there is some swing and miss in his game. Combine those issues with the concussion problem and Frazier looks like one of the great wild cards in the game at the moment.
Frazier earned promotions to the big leagues on two occasions last season, playing in 39 total games with the Yankees. He displayed some of his potential during a two-week stretch in July, but Frazier struggled with strikeouts during his brief time at the plate, fanning 43 times, and also spent time on the DL with an oblique injury. Looking ahead, there doesn't seem to be much left for Frazier to prove in the minors, but he will likely be relegated to Triple-A to begin 2018 regardless with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Jacoby Ellsbury locked in as the team's top outfielders. An injury to either corner guy would create an opening for Frazier to join the big-league team, and that very real possibility makes Frazier a worthwhile target in AL-only formats, but he should probably be left for the waiver wire in standard mixed leagues unless you have the bench space to play the waiting game.
Frazier got off to a hot start to begin the 2016 campaign, flashing his power/speed combo with 13 home runs and 13 steals in 89 games at Double-A Akron. He was promoted to Triple-A and then subsequently shipped to the Yankees as the centerpiece of the Andrew Miller deal at the July trade deadline. However, he scuffled down the stretch. Frazier's issues with strikeouts reared their ugly head during his time in the New York organization. He also missed some games due to a hamstring injury in late August/early September. The 22-year-old still has five-tool potential and remains one of the top outfield prospects in the game, but he's not yet a finished product and will likely return to Triple-A to begin 2017.
While Frazier never approached “bust” status, he may not have lived up to the expectations of dynasty league owners in his first two professional seasons. That certainly changed in 2015, however, as the quick-twitch center fielder slashed .285/.377/.465 with 16 homers and 15 steals in 588 plate appearances as a 20-year-old at High-A Lynchburg. The Carolina League is not a great place to hit home runs, so for a player as young as Frazier to blast 16 long balls is awfully impressive. In fact, only Frazier’s teammate Nellie Rodriguez topped him among all Carolina League hitters with 17 big flies. Frazier’s plus-plus bat speed has always been his calling card, but his performance last season suggests he is also capable of hitting for a high average. His 21.3% strikeout rate might be the most impressive aspect of Frazier’s 2015 campaign, as he had posted a 29.7% strikeout rate in 2014 at Low-A. The chance to buy low on Frazier has passed, and he should be viewed as a top-50 prospect in dynasty leagues heading into 2016.
Invariably, any scouting report on Frazier will start by mentioning his elite bat speed. It’s the reason the Indians took him with the fifth overall pick in the 2013 draft, and it’s the reason some people see Frazier as an eventual star. After struggling in his first couple months of pro ball, Frazier slashed .282/.367/.448 with nine home runs and five steals in 65 games in the second half for Low-A Lake County. The biggest concern with the 20-year-old center fielder is the 29.7% strikeout rate that he posted in his first year as a professional. Fortunately, Frazier also showed some patience at the plate, taking a walk in 10.3% of his plate appearances at Low-A. There is a lot of risk here, and Frazier is at least two years away from the big leagues, but few minor leaguers can match his upside, which is why he remains a top-50 prospect in dynasty leagues.
Frazier hit the ground running after getting picked fifth overall in the 2013 draft by the Indians, slashing .297/.362/.506 in 44 games in the Arizona Rookie League. The only hiccup was a less than stellar ability to control the strike zone (17:61 BB:K in 196 plate appearances), but a few bumps are to be expected from a prospect right out of high school in his first pro exposure. A short, quick swing projects Frazier with a plus-power tool, and he does flash some speed despite just three stolen bases in his first season. He'll look to build off of his debut in his first full professional season, likely beginning with the Indians' Low-A affiliate in the Midwest League in April.
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In line for callup
OFNew York Yankees
August 10, 2020
Frazier is expected to be recalled from the Yankees' alternate training site ahead of Tuesday's game against the Braves, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Off 30-man roster
OFNew York Yankees
July 25, 2020
Frazier was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site after Saturday's loss to the Nationals.
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Starting in exhibition
OFNew York Yankees
July 18, 2020
Frazier (foot) is in the lineup for Saturday's exhibition game against the Mets.
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Not concerned about foot issue
OFNew York Yankees
Foot
July 13, 2020
Frazier indicated that his plantar fascia is not a big concern, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports. "I'm healthy, I'm ready, and I don't think it will be a problem," Frazier stated.
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Dealing with plantar fasciitis
OFNew York Yankees
Foot
July 8, 2020
Manager Aaron Boone revealed Wednesday that Frazier (foot) has been dealing with plantar fasciitis, James Wagner of The New York Times reports.
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