Yankees outfield is crowded; what to do?
Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier
Hicks also is almost identical to the average height and weight of all MLB outfield Gold Glove winners. He also has decent speed, and as we are all familiar with his cannon for an arm. Hicks is a good fit for the Yankees’ outfield, being capable of playing all three outfield positions.
But if Hicks were to remain in the outfield, then where does Frazier land?
Well, Frazier is young, 23 years of age. He is also very aggressive and athletic, as we can all see from watching him play. Many scouts see future power out of Frazier as a result of his build and aggression. It seems only logical to try to figure out a way to get the phenom more playing time.
But Frazier might not find this playing time in the outfield. Being right-handed could help Frazier in this aspect as he could potentially play second base, third base or shortstop.
Nowhere near as large as his counterparts Judge and Stanton, Frazier does not seem to be the person fit to play first, especially with his above average speed. Therefore, I propose Frazier try his hand at second.
Seen by some scouts as having difficulty tracking balls in the outfield, an infield swap could be for the best. On top of that, “good” fielding second baseman is not all that great. The average Gold Glove second baseman saves under two runs a season. That’s not all that much.
If Frazier were to hit two more solo home runs than last season, he would surmount the average defensive ability of “great” fielding second baseman.
To put these numbers in comparison, Gold Glove winner and former Yankees’ second baseman, Robinson Cano, saved zero runs last season on defense.
Plus, with Frazier at second, he will have the shortest throw to make to first. The primary difficulty in playing second base would be turning double plays, but with Frazier’s aggressive attitude, perhaps he will only see this as another challenge to surmount.