The Yankees add an extra bat to their bench for their interleague series in Washington this week, as the team recalled Clint Frazier to join them in the nation’s capital. To make room on the 25-man roster, RHP David Hale was designated for assignment.
Frazier has been absolutely tearing up the International League since being activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list. Since being optioned on May 2, the 23-year-old carried a .395/.458/.767 slash with three homers in 11 games. The RailRiders also put Frazier in center field, aiming to expand his versatility beyond the outfield corners.
Brett Gardner is starting to hit his stride, but Aaron Hicks has been really struggling in the same sample size as Frazier’s success. In the bigs, Hicks has been 7-for-40 (.175/.227/.300, 38 wRC+) in 11 games since May 2. Hicks, however, is out of minor league options so it’s unlikely the Yankees try to jettison him this season. He is still an arbitration player, earning $2,825,000 in 2018. They could non-tender him in the offseason.
By recalling Frazier, the Yankees are showing they still believe in the highly touted prospect acquired in the Andrew Miller trade. Gardner has a club option for the 2019 season, and at 35, could be done in the Bronx. Frazier has a future, but it remains to be seen whether it will be in a pinstriped No. 77 jersey or elsewhere as the Yankees pursue starting pitching.