Yankees: Options for a lighter 2020 outfield

Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Aaron Hicks, New York Yankees. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Clint Frazier, New York Yankees. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Clint Frazier

Due to the star power possessed by the Bombers this past season, “Red Thunder” Clint Frazier only played in 69 games, despite hitting exceptionally well at times during the 2019 season, finishing with a .806 OPS.

Frazier spent plenty of time at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre last year. Fans were confused about why he was there and for so long. Many didn’t mind, however, because Frazier didn’t show the most reliable glove in the outfield.

In reality, Frazier isn’t as bad defensively as was often claimed to be. He committed three errors last year, which isn’t terrible, and none happened in leftfield. The gaffs were committed in right when he was forced to fill in there due to the Bombers injury situation. He won’t need to play in front of the short porch anyway with Judge holding down the job.

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There were questions about his character, with him choosing not to answer questions from the media at one point in the season, out of frustration over his performance. His teammates covered for him, though, and had no issue doing it.

It’s understandable to not appreciate what Frazier did, but it shouldn’t affect his chances of playing time next year. The clubhouse clearly didn’t have a problem with it, as they backed him and spoke to the media for him. He’s a good starting option for what should be another year of very good play from the Yankees’ outfield.

The Yankees are looking much thinner in the grass this year, but every option they have at any of the three spots has at least shown promise in the past. It’s a younger group right now, but that’s how Brian Cashman has been constructing the roster since the 2016 trade deadline.

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If anything, the less depth in the outfield frees up an opportunity to bolster the Yankees’ pitching staff, which is the top priority for the club along with getting healthy for Opening Day.