Yankees: What Recent Demotion Really Means for Clint Frazier

Upon acquiring Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners, the New York Yankees opted to demote Clint Frazier to triple-A. What does all of this really mean for Frazier?

After the New York Yankees suffered a slew of injuries to their team, Clint Frazier got a chance to win over a job in the outfield. With his bat, Frazier proved that he can hit as good as the best players in baseball. In fact, Frazier (.843) has a better OPS than the 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts (.838).

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Defensively, however, Frazier left a lot to be desired. According to FanGraphs, Frazier is the 77th ranked defensive outfielder in baseball out of 88 OF with a minimum of 300 innings played. His DRS of -7 ranks 82nd of 88, and his UZR and UZR/150 rank even worse.

What’s more, Frazier’s latest antics with the media left many wondering if the bright lights of New York is just too much for the young slugger to handle. After a terrible game against the Boston Red Sox last week, Frazier opted to skip talking to the media after the game. The next day, he doubled down saying, “No, I don’t regret it. And to be fair, I don’t think I owe anyone an explanation because it’s not a rule that I have to speak.”

For Clint Frazier, it was only a matter of time before a demotion would be issued, especially considering that Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are slated to return soon. The only question to be raised, however, is why did the Yankees choose to demote Frazier before Mike Tauchman. The only explanation for this is that the Yanks simply don’t feel that Frazier is ready.

Given his defensive play and his behavior towards the media, this should come as no surprise.

We discuss this in Episode #98 and more on the Welcome to THE SHOW podcast!

Episode #98 Contents

(Intro) Dominican Republic: Behind all the bad press

(17:10) Yankees: The Clint Frazier Situation

(41:26) Other Factors Contributing to Increased HR

(58:06) NBA Talk: Finals, Rockets, and What AD means to LA

(1:16:21) Letterman/Kanye Interview and more

(1:34:36) Bestias Cibaeña Fantasy League Bonus

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Author: Manny Gómez

Having grown up in Washington Heights, a small Dominican neighborhood just one mile away from Yankee Stadium, Manny is a life-long Yankees fan. He began pursuing his passion for writing about baseball in March 2018 when he co-founded a small baseball media company called Welcome to THE SHOW. Manny is also a contributor at Call to the Pen. Follow Manny on twitter @MannyGo3.

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