Twenty nine games in TAMPA – 2017. Fifteen in 2018.
Add those people, and you get Clint Frasier’s less frequent, in his mind, to clarify.
“I know I have played 162 matches in my career, exactly,” the Yankees’ fielder said, correctly, George M. on Thursday. At Stanbrenner Field. “And I’m hitting .258 with 24 [home runs] And 82 [RBIs]. To know so much [four] Over the years, where I hadn’t gotten a similar amount of bats at least and this number that I put together, I feel really good about the numbers in my head that I like, those numbers. Seeing it. Especially with the progress I feel I have made in some areas of my game. “
The fifth-overall pick of the 2013 draft, the leading name of one of the Yankees’ rare “sellouts” over the past 28 years, Frazier has not met the meteoric rise that once was forecast for him. It has proved to be more of a peaks, a hard coil mixed with valleys.
At the age of 26, the redheaded Frazier remains a raging meteorite. And he certainly looks up, eventually and completely, ready to get up.
“I think as we sit here, he has come in really good shape, you continue to see more and more polished players with a lot of talent,” Aaron Boone said.
“It’s nice to know that 2021 is a little different than in previous years,” Frazier said. “I think, there’s a lot, like a part of this team going forward and I’m really excited, to be honest. I’m thrilled.”
Boone said last week that Frazier would be his starting left fielder this season and that the Frazier patron, who re-signed Brett Gardner last week, did not change it. This is the right call. Frazier, while dividing the time between majors and minors from each of the prior four seasons, earns enough big league service time to qualify himself for arbitration. His $ 2.1 million salary, his obvious talent and his strong 2020 performance mean it’s time to see what the youth can do.
“I try not to think I’m going to come into the season and have just hit 60 home runs because of the way the offers went,” Frazier said. “I think for me, what I’m most excited about is the possibility of getting a full season of batting. Really just to see how I am capable because I have expectations, What I want to see and it’s hard to accomplish. It’s very hard, I think, playing in New York. But I think the last few years have prepared me for what kind of high Like to be and what it’s like to have an upside and to really find that happy medium on how to go about my business the right way. “
You know about highs (many big hits, fan love) and ups and downs (child feuds, media battles, defensive conflicts). Frazier appears strong for the roller-coaster ride.
“Whenever I go to the locker room, I like knowing that I have a locker room that I don’t have eyes to do,” Frazier said. Miller in 2016. “I feel like I’m a grown-up. I feel like I’m part of this team now and everything that happened in the past is obviously for a reason and I’m still thrilled with this team because it’s The biggest team is, I think, playing for it. You learn from those things.
“I don’t want to be a man who is a distraction, I just want to be a man who is fun and who goes through this process and who comes around me to be a good partner.”
There are injuries, and baseball. There is no guarantee in this game. Still, the opportunity to see what Frazier can do on this stage in a real shot, tantricizes a full season if not all 162 games. How high can his bandage be? Can’t wait to see this climb.