With the return of Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton looming, Clint Frazier’s role in the Yankees lineup was up in the air. That changed today as manager Aaron Boone confirmed with MLB Network that Frazier will be the starting left fielder. Thank you Jesus.
Clint Frazier will remain in the #Yankees everyday lineup as the left fielder after the return of Judge and Stanton, Aaron Boone confirmed on @MLBNetworkRadio. “He has played great . . . I’m proud of where he is,” Boone said of Frazier. @MLB @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 14, 2020
Boone finally heard our prayers and even gave Clint Frazier some praise in his interview.
“He has played great. I’m proud of where he is,” Boone said to MLB Network.
Might be the first time this year anyone played well and was rewarded for producing on the field. We’re so used to young players earning sports all to be sent packing for AAA or the alternate training site out the blue. Happy to see things are finally changing in the Bronx.
Frazier by the numbers
He’s hitting .280 with five homers that earned him an INCREDIBLE 1.2 WAR. That’s better than Mike Trout, Nolan Arenado, and Matt Chapman in 2020 and easily earns him a permanent spot on this team.
Defensive struggles took Frazier off the field last year and he stepped up with the glove ever since his call up this year. Red Thunder’s overall WAR is as high as it is by accumulating excellent defensive metrics, so far (.3 DWAR). Hard to send to send down a player dominant on both sides of the ball.
Expect an adjustment period when Frazier has to move from right to left field, but he’s athletic enough to get acclimated quickly. Clint slotting into left field now removes a struggling Brett Gardner from the everyday lineup. Gardy’s removal helps make up for the other struggling bats like Gary Sanchez who’s hitting just .127.
We can finally give Aaron Boone his flowers for doing something sensible. #REDTHUNDER