When Ginger Frazier gets called up to the Yankees, the ladies and kids are going to love him. Remember Nick Swisher? It will be something like that…right on the sweet spot for the Millennials and younger. Lots of personality, swagger, tweets, etc.
But, anyone who thinks he’s going to be the Yankees’ Mike Trout is mistaken.
At his worst, I think he can be an Eric Byrnes at his peak: a 20-20 player with an OPS in the high 700′s. And, that’s a very useful player. But, it’s not Andrew McCutchen…at least not in terms of the OPS.
Since 1973, the Yankees best right-handed batting outfielders have been Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Roberto Kelly, Jesse Barfield, Lou Piniella and Gary Sheffield. And, that’s it. So, you can make a case that the Yankees don’t exactly have a history of bringing up young right-handed hitting outfielders and seeing them have a lot of success.
Remember Hensley Meulens, Juan and Ruben Rivera, Gerald Williams…? Some of them turned out to be useful big leaguers, in time. But, no stars. Heck, maybe the last time the Yankees had a young right-handed hitting outfielder come up and be a star for the team was Hank Bauer?
Maybe Frazier can be that guy? I just hope the hype and expectations are not his downfall.