Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Look At Yankees Newest #1 Prospect, Clint Frazier

The Yankees have currently acquired the Cleveland Indians former #1 prospect OF Clint Frazier in a deal which sent Yankee Closer Andrew Miller to the Tribe. Frazier is a bright young prospect that we should take a look and welcome him to the organization with open arms.

Let's start out with this: Clint Frazier born September 6, 1994 in Loganville, GA is the Yankees new prized prospect acquired from the Indians. Frazier is an outfielder who mainly plays the corners but could play centerfield if needed. He is 6'1" and weighs 190 lb. He is currently only 21 years old so if he makes his debut sometime next season then that would mean he would be debuting at a very young 22 years old.

Now what makes Clint Frazier so special? He was the first high school position player selected in the 2013 draft taken with the 5th overall pick from the Cleveland Indians and he received a franchise-record $3.5 million signing bonus. He then went on to lead the high Class A Carolina League in hits (143), doubles (36) and total bases (233) in 2015 and then he performed very well in Double-A this year playing in 89 games with a slash line of .276/.356/.469 with 13 HR and 13 SB. He will come to the Yankees Triple-A affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and will team up in the outfield with fellow top Yankees propsect Aaron Judge once he returns from injury in about 4 or 5 days.

Here are Clint Fraziers scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Run: 55 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55. Scouts say Frazier's bat speed and raw power are among the best in the Minor Leagues and suggests that his ceiling in the MLB could be an All-Star. This is part of the reason Frazier earned himself a trip to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in July. His strikeout and walk rates are trending in a positive directions which is a really positive sign for a guy who mainly hits for power.

It will be interesting to see how Frazier's career will progress within the Yankees organization but the only thing that we know for sure is that he has a very bright future.

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