Clint Frazier was selected 5th overall in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the Cleveland Indians out of Loganville High School in Loganville, Georgia. Frazier was slated to attend the University of Georgia but instead accepted the Indians $3.5 million dollars signing bonus to start what he hopes to be a promising baseball career. He has been widely regarded as the second-best prospect in the New York Yankees minor league system ever since he was traded to the organization in a deal that sent Andrew Miller to the Indians in 2016. The 22-year-old right-handed outfielder is a lifetime .275 hitter.
Frazier reported to the Arizona League Indians on June 25th, playing in a total of 44 games. He finished the year with a .297 average, hitting five home runs and driving in 28 runs. He accumulated a total 21 extra base hits to go along with three stolen bases. Frazier finished the year with an impressive .297/.362/.504 slash line.
In Frazier’s first professional game he hit a home run and a triple. He went 2-5 on the day, driving in four runs. In his first five games, he racked up at least two hits in four of them.
Frazier was assigned to the Single-A Lake County Captains and spent the entire year with the team. He totaled 13 home runs and 50 RBI’s. Frazier also saw an uptick in strikeouts. The young outfielder punched out a career high 161 times. That is a number that he has never approached in any of his other three minor league seasons.
He hit to a decent .266 average, but his .349 on-base percentage and ability to swipe bases is attractive.
Frazier had a day hitters dream about on July 11th against the Great Lakes Loons. He went 5-5, slugging two home runs while driving in three runs. The next day, also against the Loons, Frazier hit another home run to go along with the triple, while driving in three more.
The 2015 season proved to be the best season of Frazier’s young career. He hit to a .285/.377/.465 slash line. He also set career highs in home runs and RBI’s, with 16 and 72 respectively while playing for Advanced-A Lynchburg Hillcats. Frazier also set career highs with 68 walks and 15 stolen bases. He hit 36 doubles which was the majority part in his 55 extra base hits.
Frazier hit multiple home runs in two games. One of those was May 30th against the Frederick Keys. He finished that day knocking in four runs. The other was on August 18th which was also against the Keys. He went 3-4 while producing three RBI’s.
The 2016 season played out to be a wild ride for the young top prospect. It saw Frazier being promoted to Triple-A, to being the headline in the deal that sent him over to the Yankees for Andrew Miller.
While at the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, Frazier slashed .276/.356/.469. He hit 13 home runs and drove in 48 runs.
On July 25th Frazier was promoted to Triple-A Columbus. He spent only five games with the Indians affiliate before he was traded on July 31st along with Justus Sheffield, J.P Feyereisen, and Ben Heller.
Frazier was assigned to the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He struggled with the RailRider in his 25 games. He hit just .228, while hitting three home runs but only driving in seven RBI’s.
Frazier finished the 2015 campaign accumulating a batting average of .263 while clubbing 16 home runs, and driving in 55 runs.
Frazier is 6’1” and has played a lot of center field during his time in the minor leagues. It is believed that he profiles more as a corner outfielder with the Yankees as they have moved him all over the outfield during his time in the organization. Frazier has gotten a lot of pub over his rigorous workout videos, and it shows by the look of his biceps. Frazier is not a 35 home run guy, but the Yankees would be more than happy to see him develop into a player who can hit 25 home runs while stealing some bases. The consensus number two prospect in the Yankees deep system hovers in the twenties in a lot of prospect rankings. There is a lot to like about Frazier, especially his “legendary bat speed,” as Yankees GM Brian Cashman put it. Frazier’s development will be key to the Yankees success shortly.
Expect to see Frazier start and finish the year in Triple-A. He has not played a full season at that level, and it has been reported that the Yankees feel that he still needs some seasoning. Another main reason we should expect him to stay in the minor leagues is because there is not an opening for him on the big league club. The only position where he could eventually fit would be in right-field if Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks struggle. Still, Frazier at best is looking like a September call-up. Of course, if Brett Gardner gets traded at some point during this season, which has been reported as being possible, it is then reasonable to think that Frazier would get the nod.