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Clint ‘Bulls Eye’ Frazier

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Replacing a baseball icon in NY can  be a hapless chore , the peanut gallery doesn’t exactly warm  up to you instantaneously.. There are easier tasks then trying to  fill Don Mattingly, Tino Martinez, most recently Mo Rivera and  Derek Jeter’s shoes..

The good news, all four Bomber legends were adequately replaced, if not in intrinsic value, at least per their numbers on the field… Mattingly’s departure was made a bit easier by Tino Martinez, then Teixeira..

D-Gregorius is starting to become a very good SS, he’ll never replace the paragon that  was Derek Jeter, but he’s becoming a top  7-10 SS in an  era that has potential greatness permeating the position led by Seager, Correa, Lindor,  Bogaerts, and Crawford

One of the biggest  fears as Mo Rivera entered the back 9 of his career was the daunting thought  of replacing him.. David Robertson a home grown talent did a decent job in 2014. In 2015 Andrew Miller kept the Rivera pedigree standard  intact with  a brilliant campaign

In 2016 Miller proved to be, along with Zack Britton, arguably one of the best late inning relievers in  all of baseball… In a deadline trade that  cut deep, Miller  netted a prospect haul from Cleveland that hopefully will jumpstart  the Bomber Core building process.

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 Top Bomber prospect Clint Frazier was the featured headliner coming back to the Bronx from the Indians..While Frazier won’t be replacing an icon in Left Field, if or when he makes it to  the show, his status will be measured against Miller’s greatness as a Yankee.. Ouch…

Frazier was also mentioned as a deal  breaker along with Gleyber Torres in a potential Jose Quintana deal, so  the bulls eye on Clint Frazier’s back might carry some extra weight on the 22 yr old

“Pressing” for at some point: After the Yankees acquired Fraizer in a package of prospects in exchange for elite closer Andrew Miller at the trade deadline, Frazier hit just .228 with three homers and seven RBI in 25 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In late August, he admitted he was letting pressure effect him “for the first time” in his career. At the time, Frazier added that he felt that he was optimistic and “in a good place,” but it’s clear the slugger felt he might have needed to reassess things.

And that came before  ALCS MVP Miller was nothing short of dazzling in October, so  the shoes Frazier is stepping in got just  a little bit bigger…

Harold Reynolds asked Frazier to name the strongest part of his game.

 “I would say right now probably mentally,” said Frazier, who Baseball America calls the organization’s No. 2 overall prospect. “As far as physicality goes, I think my power’s still the best thing, but as we get further I think I’ve done a lot of work on my mental game right now and I think I’m in a good spot right now.

Clint Frazier Source  / with Interview video

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Written by Sal

December 27, 2016 at 8:44 am

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  1. See the ball
    Throw the ball
    Hit the ball
    Catch the ball
    Mentality the ball ?????

    bubbaband

    December 27, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    • Like yogi always said “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”

      new era Donny… Frazier ain’t selling cars or suit jackets in the off season he’s building muscles, so he looks good in a uniform, and he snags some hot chicks on twitter..

      Frazier will see a lot of off speed I bet, down and away, it will be the same to Sanchez Judge, Bird, Austin,

      I think the learning curve is pitch recognition, also in a drug free environment these guys are compensating by building endurance..

      Sal

      December 28, 2016 at 6:06 am


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