2. Clint Frazier is Slugging … What?!
Fans were waiting for the day the Yankees would name Clint Frazier the starting left fielder. And it finally happened during spring training. He deserved the promotion after his 2020 campaign.
But now? Now it seems that was a mistake. Because the numbers he’s putting up feel impossible. Like, pull a guy off the street and have him face major league pitching and there’s a good chance the stats would be comparable.
Though 18 games (61 plate appearances), Frazier is slashing .143/.311/.184. He has TWO extra-base hits on the year (both doubles). Zero home runs. One RBI. 19 strikeouts. He isn’t swinging at strikes.
What’s even more baffling?
He has the lowest slugging percentage in Yankees HISTORY over ANY 13-game span for an outfielder. He’s the worst of the worst on this current team, and when you realize how bad the rest of the team has been, it’s even more glaring how Frazier’s ineptitude is even quantifiable. It’s a hyperbole. This is the kind of stuff you see from rebuilding teams who are employing a bunch of nobodies to full roster spots — not the Yankees, who are supposed to have one of the most complete lineups in baseball.
Frazier, who’s known for his “lightning quick” bat, has hardly even utilized the lumber in 2021. He’s swung at just 33.3% of the pitches he’s seen so far … and he’s seen strikes 52.1% of the time.
Yeah, we don’t know either. Two weeks ago we didn’t think it could get worse, and yet, here we are.