Last night the Yankees announced they had gone for the outfielder Clint Frazier
and right-handed lifter Ben Heller
to their other training site. The club plans to bring in right-handed people Nick Nelson
and Brooks Kriske
to the active list in their place. They will add a pair of cool arms to a stick that saw James Paxton
work just one more set in Saturday’s loss to the Nationals.So continues Frazier’s repeated journeys on and off the big league roster. The top prospect of the time was decent offensively, but with some top-level defensive issues, when he secured MLB opportunities (.254 / .308 / .463 career line in 429 appearances on the board). Still, he struggled to break through a loaded Yankees outfield.
Given his immense power potential, the 25-year-old has long been seen as a potential candidate for trade. So far, the organization has expressed little interest in dropping it. Given the club’s competitive outlook, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name float around in the rumors again this season. Yesterday’s demotion doesn’t suggest the organization messed up Frazier in the long run, but it underscores how difficult it is for him to carve out an immediate and meaningful role in the Bronx.
Nelson and Kriske, meanwhile, will each make their MLB debuts if / when they get into a game. Each posted strong play-off and race prevention numbers in Double-A in 2019, but with slightly high walk rates.