Once upon a time, Clint Frazier was a lightning rod for the New York Yankees, particularly in 2019 and 2020. The former top prospect was viewed as a potential cornerstone for the Bombers because of his advanced bat speed and ability to hit for power/draw walks.
But concussion issues (and some light behavioral issues/drama) torpedoed his career in the Bronx. He was non-tendered after the 2021 season before latching on with the Cubs. Then Chicago designated him for assignment after opting not to bring him to a series in New York against the Yankees.
Frazier then signed with the Texas Rangers this past offseason. He lasted 15 games at their Triple-A affiliate. After that, his journey really went quiet. In fact, a majority of fans had no idea he latched on with the Chicago White Sox after departing the Rangers organization.
But Frazier had at least some peoples' attention at Triple-A Charlotte, where was hitting .375 with a 1.317 OPS, 7 homers and 13 RBI in 16 games through Friday's action.
What the what?! And he homered against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Thursday night. He's on fire.
Former Yankee Clint Frazier got promoted to the White Sox after a huge two weeks
He destroyed his most recent home run off Yankees reliever Colton Brewer, who was up with the big-league club earlier this season and quickly won fans over by debuting with five scoreless innings in his first two appearances.
Then, on Sunday, the White Sox brought Frazier up to the active MLB roster and designated Jake Marisnick for assignment. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his 2023 debut -- a win over the Kansas City Royals. What a couple weeks it's been for the former top prospect!
Any Yankees fan not rooting for a Frazier comeback would be holding a wildly unnecessary grudge. While some of Frazier's moments in the Bronx were regrettable for all, it's water under the bridge at this point. His injury and mental health issues undoubtedly played a role in that and his past struggles deserve empathy.
Everyone wishes it turned out better, but as long as he's on the right track and in a better place, that should be good enough for the fans. And we certainly know it'll be good enough for the floundering White Sox.