• Clint Frazier

    Posted by on February 1st, 2017 · Comments (7)

    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.

    Comments on Clint Frazier

    1. Evan3457
      February 1st, 2017 | 5:37 pm

      I think Frazier is more athletic than Swisher, at least from the scouting reports. He has a ceiling higher than Swisher’s peak, but his floor is…bust.

      Like every other prospect, he’ll have to prove it.

    2. February 1st, 2017 | 6:52 pm

      He’s one of the top 10 outfield prospects in the game today, by most accounts. And, that’s good.

      But, he’s yet to bat .240 in AAA and had a 4:1 K:BB ratio at that level. He’ll be 23 in September. Trout, Griffey and Harper were stars in the majors by that age. Like I said, he’s not at that level – and people should have realistic expectations.

      Then again, a few years back, Yankees fans said that Hughes, Joba and Kennedy were going to be Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux.

    3. Greg H.
      February 1st, 2017 | 9:56 pm

      By all accounts he is also a solid guy with a lot of heart, also a good thing. We’ll need to wait and see on him. But hey – we have a farm system!

    4. KPOcala
      February 2nd, 2017 | 12:54 pm

      Steve, you might be a bit pessimistic regarding “Ginger”, but yeah, people are getting a bit crazy with the hype. Amazing that of the Yankees bats you mentioned, only Kelly was originally a Yankee. How is that even possible?

    5. February 2nd, 2017 | 4:08 pm

      In general, to me, it’s always a bad sign when Cashman starts talking up a guy.

    6. Evan3457
      February 3rd, 2017 | 1:10 am

      Paul O’Neill wasn’t a major league regular until he was 25.
      Bernie Williams wasn’t a regular until he was 24, and wasn’t a star until he was 25.
      Tommy Henrich didn’t make the majors until he was 24.
      Roy White was called up when he was 21; wasn’t a regular until he was 24.

      Seems to me they all turned out all right. It depends. Let’s watch, and see what happens.

    7. Evan3457
      February 3rd, 2017 | 1:17 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      He’s one of the top 10 outfield prospects in the game today, by most accounts. And, that’s good.
      But, he’s yet to bat .240 in AAA and had a 4:1 K:BB ratio at that level. He’ll be 23 in September. Trout, Griffey and Harper were stars in the majors by that age. Like I said, he’s not at that level – and people should have realistic expectations.
      Then again, a few years back, Yankees fans said that Hughes, Joba and Kennedy were going to be Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux.

      Nobody thought that Kennedy was going to Smoltz, Glavine or Maddux. His highest ranking as a prospect was #34.

      He was a top 5 prospect at both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus for a reason. He was on his way to being an elite starter when he hurt his shoulder diving out of the way of Ivan Rodriguez’ throw in the game in Texas in 2008. His stuff was never the same. .

      Hughes was also a top 5 prospect at both publications for a reason. He also lost stuff very quickly after that severe hamstring pull in his first start in Texas. Then he hurt his arm twice, and lost stuff each time, and that was it for him as a potential elite starter. Now, thoracic outlet syndrome.

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