Final season, the Yankees have been very open about the truth that they have been going to have Aaron Choose begin the 12 months at Triple-A Scranton if he did not win the beginning proper area job over Aaron Hicks out of spring coaching.
The thought was that the group would like the then-strikeout-prone, 25-year-old rookie play day-after-day within the minors, fairly than sit on the bench of the majors as a way to “end off his growth,” as Brian Cashman likes to say.
Clearly, that state of affairs did not transpire, with Choose profitable the job and almost profitable AL MVP honors as properly.
Based mostly on the roster because it’s at the moment constituted with precisely two weeks till pitchers and catchers report back to Tampa, Clint Frazier might discover himself in that very same scenario in 2018.
The 23-year-old Frazier, who Cashman stated just lately has obtained loads of curiosity from different groups and was often talked about in commerce talks involving Gerrit Cole earlier than the righty wound up in Houston, is behind Aaron Choose, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner on the depth chart.
And even when the Yankees one way or the other handle to deal Jacoby Ellsbury and a few his remaining $68 million owed over the following three seasons, the very best factor for Frazier and the Bombers may be to offer him day-after-day at-bats within the minors, fairly than having him play 2-Three occasions per week in The Bronx as a fourth outfielder.
In any case, getting inconsistent taking part in time might be robust for any participant, particularly a younger child who wants ABs as an alternative of time on the bench. And even in 2019, when Gardner’s contract is up, you marvel if Stanton and Choose – who determine to get time at RF, LF and DH – will man the nook spots, maybe relying on how they carry out when not taking part in the sector this season.
Frazier confirmed promise in his temporary cameo with the Yankees final season – together with that “legendary bat pace” Cashman raved about once they acquired him from Cleveland in 2016, as he amassed 17 extra-base hits and scored 16 runs in 142 plate appearances.
However Frazier additionally Okay’d 43 occasions whereas hitting simply .231, and might want to make his personal changes – very similar to Choose did – as groups and pitchers have a e book on easy methods to get him out.
Frazier has been figuring out laborious within the offseason, and desires to stay in pinstripes, which he is stated quite a few occasions on his social media pages. Because it stands, although, Frazier could also be the very best chip for Cashman to amass one other beginning pitcher.
If there is not some kind of damage state of affairs or commerce, Frazier may very properly be showcasing his abilities to each the Bombers and different groups again in Scranton.
And it might be attention-grabbing to see how Frazier, who has had his maturity questioned previously, responds to such a state of affairs, after getting a style of The Present in 2017.
“I am wanting ahead to the problem forward of me,” Frazier tweeted final week.
WALKING TO THE BRONX?
If the Yankees determine so as to add one other established veteran infielder to the combination, free agent Neil Walker could possibly be a match very similar to Todd Frazier.
Walker, 32, has each performed in and had success in New York with the Mets. He is received some left-handed pop whereas additionally possessing the flexibility to play first (as safety for Greg Chook), second and third, although most of his time has come at second.
MLB.com just lately reported that the Yankees have $15 million to spend on free brokers. The Bombers at the moment have highly-touted kids Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, and others like Tyler Wade, Thairo Estrada, Ronald Torreyes, Jace Peterson and Danny Espinosa of their infield combine.