The New York Yankees may already have a powerful outfield but newcomer Clint Frazier is attempting to find a way to stay with the team.
The outfielder, who is 23, was 2-for-4 and scored a run from the leadoff spot in the Yankees Thursday 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners. Following the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he believes that there is room for Frazier to remain with the club if he is able to continue hitting well.
Frazier has 4 hits in 11 official at bats since being called up Monday and in each of the six games this season in which he has had an at-bat with the team, he has at least one hit.
On Thursday, he started in center field for the team, which was his first career start in Major League Baseball, while Boone is continuing to give the sore knee of Brett Gardner a rest and gave the day off to Aaron Hicks.
Boone added that Frazier has taken advantage of the opportunities presented him and earned his way to the big leagues with hard work and the production he has had in the minors.
Frazier says he thinks about remaining with the team every day and each time he is recalled from the minors he has tried to play his best and be prepared. He added that he wants to remain with the team even if he played every other day and will accept any role they present him with.
Most recently the team asked him to be a leadoff hitter, something only twice before in has done and he delivered.
Frazier started the game on Thursday with a line drive single off James Paxton. That was followed by a two-run homer by Aaron Judge and gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead. Boone praised Frazier’s patience at the plate.
Frazier, who singled to right field as well during the fourth inning, said he noticed Seattle was playing him up the middle and that affected the way he approached his at bat.
He attempted to go with each pitch he was thrown and since the ball was on the outer half of the plate it meant going to right field with it and it worked out producing two singles in the game.