The injury bug bit the New York Yankees early and often throughout the first week of the season. Injuries lead to opportunities for younger players to step up, and Clint Frazier has done just that for the Bombers.

Frazier went 6-for-11, with three homers in the three-game sweep of the Orioles, including the go-ahead three-run bomb that woke the Yankees up in the eighth inning of game two against Baltimore.

That monster slam propelled the Yankees to a 6-4 win, and then followed that up with two of the seven Yankee home-runs on Sunday.

Then how about following that up with 2-for-4 against Houston, with both those hits coming off Justin Verlander. The second hit was a scorcher off the top of the wall that gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

I get that this may be a small sample size, and that Yankee fans expected to see this from Frazier in the years past. Better late than never, and Aaron Boone needs to keep putting Frazier in the lineup, EVEN when Giancarlo Stanton returns.

Whether this means giving Frazier some at bats at DH or letting him play in the field, while Stanton plays DH, Boone needs to consider this. Brett Gardner is way past his prime, and while is a quality fielder, his bat out of the lead-off hole just isn’t good enough.

With Aaron Hicks out for another month, maybe he can rotate Judge in center field to leave Frazier in left and move Stanton back to right. Judge was drafted as a center fielder and played sparingly at center for New York.

Frazier still has much to prove, but if he continues hitting the way he has been, he should be a regular in the 2019 Yankee lineup.

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Content Creator for Armchair New York Yankees , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Growing up in New Jersey, the tri state offers up some amazing franchises to support. I’ve stuck with some but branched off to others. I’ve stayed loyal to the New Jersey-now Brooklyn Nets, who are turning out pretty good. While the Yankees are the best baseball franchise in history. Seeing a St. Louis Rams fan in New Jersey was almost unheard of before moving to Los Angeles. Mainly due to the fact of how horrible they were. Years of misery are finally starting to pay off as they’ve turned into a force in the NFL as the Los Angeles Rams. These are teams I love and support every day, so why not turn my passion into something more?

10 COMMENTS

  1. Agreed. This showcase of skill set from Frazier was expected from Yankees fans starting last year and he is proving his worth. If the injury ridden Yankees want to run away with the AL east this year, they will need their young talent like Frazier to step up and continue to earn their spot even when the big guns come back.

  2. Great points! Frazier should be an everyday player, especially with that kind of bat speed he caries through the zone….. I think Judge would make an OUTSTANDING center fielder.

  3. I really enjoyed reading your article. Finally a fresh perspective on how the Yankees should handle Frazier and consider moving on from Gardner. I look forward to reading more of your work throughout the Yankees season.

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