New York Yankees: Clint Frazier Needs to be a Starter

Clint Frazier, New York Yankees. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Clint Frazier, New York Yankees. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

After a hamstring injury sent Giancarlo Stanton to the IL, the New York Yankees called Clint Frazier back up, and in his first game back, he was very impressive.

The New York Yankees have lacked offense from several players so far this season, one of them being left-fielder Brett Gardner. Through 13 games and 38 at-bats, Brett Gardner holds an abysmal .184 batting average, and yet he is still an everyday starter for the Yankees.

Now the Yankees have a player in Clint Frazier getting playing time due to a Giancarlo Stanton injury that sent him to the 10-Day IL, but he might be out far longer than that. While unfortunate, this means Frazier will have plenty of time to prove himself and why he belongs on the Yankees’ everyday lineup card.

In only his first game, Frazier was very impressive as he collected three hits in four at-bats including a solo home run in the second inning that tied the game up at two.

In only his first game of the season, Clint Frazier proved that he can be a huge difference-maker for the Yankees, and was a large reason why the Yankees managed to collect their second straight win following five losses in seven games.

Clint Frazier will turn 26-years-old at the beginning of September and in only 124 Major League games, he holds a career .254 batting average with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs, a .771 OPS, and a .463 slugging percentage.

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This is rather impressive considering he has recorded only 393 career at-bats, and it really makes you think what he could do if he were to be an everyday starter. In my opinion, now might be the best chance the Yankees get at seeing what he could do if he were to be an everyday starter.

With Giancarlo Stanton out for what appears to be almost a month, Aaron Judge missing Wednesday’s game due to lower body tightness, and Brett Gardner holding a sub-.200 batting average, now might be time to see what Frazier could do as an everyday starter.

If all of those scenarios don’t help Frazier get his name on the lineup card, then his performance on Wednesday night certainly should.

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Nonetheless, I for one believe Clint Frazier should replace Brett Gardner in the everyday starting lineup, and at least allow him to prove what he is capable of. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @EmpireWritesBck!