Five Yankees Prospects Who Could Make an Impact in 2017
MLB Pipeline ranks Frazier as the number one prospect in the Yankees system, and number 15 overall, due in part to his raw power. On the 20-80 scale, MLB Pipeline gives Frazier a 60 for power, and a 55 for overall impact. Armed with impressive bat speed and a refined approach at the plate, Frazier impressed during 2016, combining for 16 home runs and 55 RBI in 119 games between Double-A and Triple-A.
However, with just a .230 average in 122 at-bats in Triple-A, Frazier seems to be a long-shot to make the opening day roster. Still, a mid-season call-up is not out of the question, as the Yankees have proven that they can find success with mid-season call-ups (see Tyler Austin, Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez). Frazier profiles best as a left fielder, although he does have experience in all three outfield spots.
With Brett Gardner‘s contract set to expire after the 2018 season, Frazier is set to become the number one replacement option. When I see Frazier play, Corey Hart comparisons come to mind almost immediately. Now while that doesn’t exactly excite Yankee fans, Hart was a two-time All-Star and hit 20 plus home runs in 5 out of 11 seasons. Hart also had above-average speed, while scouts also grade Frazier as an average to above-average runner.