2. Clint Frazier
If not for his incredible diving catch on Wednesday night, Clint Frazier would’ve had a body of work that featured zero good moments. And we’re not saying that to be mean. It’s just true.
His defense has been more shaky than reliable and his bat … well, his bat isn’t leaving his shoulder. And we couldn’t tell you why. He’s swung at just 56.3% of balls in the strike zone. That’s barely over half of the strikes he’s seen! Overall, he’s swinging just 35% of the time!
That’s translated to a .163/.265/.209 slash line. Two extra-base hits (two doubles) and six walks in 49 plate appearances. Seventeen strikeouts in 14 games. And it’s not like he hasn’t had his chances.
Frazier’s gotten 14 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and has managed to hit .167 with a .286 OBP. At this point, he’s the worst hitter on the team, and that’s really saying a lot considering how bad Hicks has been.
We could chalk it up to manager Aaron Boone screwing with Frazier’s playing time, but he’s done little to prove in the early going that he’s the team’s true starting left fielder. Despite the smaller sample size than these other hitters, he simply has to come through when called upon more than he has.