Tag: Clint Frazier

Aaron Hicks Injury Forces Yankees’ Hand on Cave/McKinney

With Aaron Hicks going down with yet another oblique injury, the Yankees could find themselves in a tough situation that greatly affects their future.

There are still doubts regarding the effectiveness of Jacoby Ellsbury‘s bat. Clint Frazier begins his rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton on Monday. The next top Yankee outfield prospect, Estevan Florial, has yet to crack Double-A with Trenton.

With 40-man rosters, the Yankees could do nothing. But, they need another outfielder to back up Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge. Sure, they could recall Tyler Austin or Tyler Wade, who have experience in the outfield corners. Sure, they could ask Matt Holliday to don an outfield glove and pray nothing bad happens.

Or, they could look to their Nos. 19 and 24 prospects: Jake Cave and Billy McKinney, respectively. Cave, 24, leads the RailRiders in batting average with his .328 clip for the 2017 season. Plus, he is tied with Ji-Man Choi for the team lead in home runs with 15. He has started 28 games in center field for Scranton, as well as 24 in right field and 12 in left field. He has just one error in the outfield this season. At his age, Cave is eligible for the Rule-5 draft. He knows all about that process, having spent 2017 Spring Training with the Cincinnati Reds. Cave was returned to the Yankees on April 5, 2016. Cave is also eligible for Minor League free agency after the season.

Billy McKinney, though he profiles as a corner outfielder, could still help the Yankees down the stretch. His .312 average puts him behind just Cave and Miguel Andújar for the best mark on the RailRiders. He, too, has shown a power stroke by clobbering 10 home runs in the International League. He has played both outfield corners regularly. At age 23, the former first round pick is Rule-5 eligible.

Both players have impressed at the highest levels of the minor leagues. A rebuilding team could be willing to take a chance on either player through the Rule-5 Draft since both have shown quality outfield defense and a talented left-handed bat. The Hicks injury essentially forces the Yankees to look at both Cave and McKinney as outfield options down the stretch. They may not trust Ellsbury, and certainly do not want to rush their No. 2 prospect, Clint Frazier, back from injury.

Protecting either Jake Cave or Billy McKinney allows them to keep a valuable future asset in the system while filling a current need on the MLB roster.

Aaron Hicks Begins Rehab Assignment With SWB

The Yankees get good news on an injured player as Aaron Hicks begins his rehab assignment tonight with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Hicks was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to tightness in his right oblique, and has not played since June 25.

The 27-year-old was in the midst of a breakout season, hitting .290/.398/.515 with a career-high 37 walks in just 60 games before his injury. He began the season as the Yankee fourth outfielder because he lost the right field competition to Aaron Judge. Hicks took advantage of increased playing time in center field when Jacoby Ellsbury went down with a concussion and neck injury.

Because Hicks is a switch-hitter, he will probably need a few games to get both of his swings back. He is batting second and playing center field for the RailRiders in their matchup with the Buffalo Bison tonight.

When Hicks is ready to return, it will create a controversial logjam of outfielders in the Bronx. The impressive play of Clint Frazier since his promotion has pushed Ellsbury into the fourth outfielder role. General manager Brian Cashman was quoted as saying Frazier will be demoted upon Hicks’s return. That doesn’t seem so obvious now, and Cashman said so in a more recent interview.

At this point, the Yankees have not announced a firm return date for the switch-hitting outfielder.

Clint Frazier Will Return to Triple-A When Aaron Hicks Activated

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said today that outfielder Clint Frazier will be optioned back to Triple-A when Aaron Hicks is activated from the disabled list.

The 22-year-old has impressed in his first 13 games replacing the injured Dustin Fowler in the outfield. His .298/.306/.638 line with just 12 strikeouts has effectively pushed Jacoby Ellsbury into the fourth outfielder role. Ellsbury has been limited due to injuries, and is hitting just .175 in July.

Frazier’s absence will not be very long. Hicks is still at least two weeks away from beginning baseball activities. He has not played since June 25, so a rehab stint in the minor leagues is likely. With that in mind, the Yankees are unsure when the 27-year-old can play again. Frazier will continue to play until Hicks is ready.

MLB rosters expand to 40 players on September 1, and you can bet Frazier will be one of those 40. A lot can happen in the next two weeks too. Ideally, no one gets hurt, Frazier goes down for a minimal amount of time and then everyone is back on the active roster come September.

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Game 82: Look Who’s Back

Pitchers CC Sabathia and Adam Warren rejoin the team from the disabled list for this Independence Day matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Sabathia returns to go for his eighth win of the season. He hasn’t pitched since June 13, when he suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring. Prior to that outing, he had won five consecutive starts with a 1.11 ERA in that span. Sabathia has started twice against Toronto this season, and the Yankees have won both times.

Veteran lefty J.A. Happ gets the ball for the Blue Jays. This will be his 10th start of the season as he missed more than a month with left elbow inflammation. In his career, he carries a 6-2 record and 3.78 ERA against the Yankees.

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With the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby looming, Aaron Judge gets another day at designated hitter. Clint Frazier patrols right field in his place. Gary Sánchez remains in the lineup behind the plate, even in the day game after a night game. Ronald Torreyes gets yet another start at second base.

Starlin Castro was seen taking ground balls prior to the game. Joe Girardi also said he was getting cage work. He hopes to be back to attend the All-Star Game in Miami. That’s about the only good injury news the Yankees have gotten.

Greg Bird may need exploratory surgery to figure out what is wrong with his ailing ankle. Similarly, the Yankees still do not know what has been bothering Matt Holliday. What was first explained as food poisoning turned into a viral infection. The team is still waiting on a prognosis for Tyler Austin‘s hamstring strain.

To make room on the roster for Sabathia and Warren’s reinstatements, the Yankees optioned right-handed pitchers Bryan Mitchell and Domingo Germán to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Starting Lineups

Toronto Blue Jays
  1. José Bautista – RF
  2. Russell Martin – C
  3. Josh Donaldson – 3B
  4. Justin Smoak – 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales – DH
  6. Troy Tulowitzki – SS
  7. Steve Pearce – LF
  8. Kevin Pillar – CF
  9. Darwin Barney – 2B
New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Aaron Judge – DH
  3. Gary Sánchez – C
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  7. Chris Carter – 1B
  8. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  9. Clint Frazier – RF

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 6: Tanaka Dazzles Yanks to Series-Opening Win

Masahiro Tanaka turned in another seven innings of one-run ball, and the Yankee offense backed him up as the Yankees pulled out a 6-to-3 series opening win.

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Chase Headley collected two hits and three RBIs to lead the Yankee offense to victory. He was hit by a pitch in the first, and doubled in two runs in the eighth. The Yankees also scored on a Jacoby Ellsbury walk, and a fielders-choice-E2 by Ronald Torreyes. Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez collected another two hits in their All-Star campaigns.

The Blue Jays scored one in the seventh off Tanaka on a Darwin Barney single that fell in front of Clint Frazier. Other than that, the Yankee ace kept the Blue Jay offense off the board. So did Dellin Betances, aided by a great play by Sánchez and Headley to nab Josh Donaldson trying to steal second base.

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Aroldis Chapman certainly made things interesting in the ninth inning. Kendrys Morales led off with a double, and then scored on a pinch-hit double by Kevin Pillar. Barney then followed with another RBI single. Chapman, however, beared down to strikeout a pinch-hitting Troy Tulowitzki and got pinch-hitting Russell Martin to line out to third base.

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Game 79: Red Thunder Joins the Bombers

Clint Frazier, adorned in No. 30, will but ninth and man right field in tonight’s nationally televised matchup with the Houston Astros.

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Rookie Jordan Montgomery takes the ball tonight in the middle game of the series. He pitched quite well last time out, allowing just one run on a Todd Frazier home run over seven innings against the White Sox. Montgomery did not lose in June, carrying a 4-0 record and a 2.59 ERA across five starts.

The Astros start fellow rookie Francis Martes. He has been used as a starter and reliever, and has wins in both of his starts. He last pitched two innings of relief June 25 against the Seattle Mariners. He has a 3.38 ERA as a starter.

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Gary Sánchez returns to the lineup as the designated hitter tonight. His groin is still nagging, so Austin Romine gets the start behind the plate again. Ronald Torreyes starts at second base.

To make room for Frazier on the 25-man roster, the Yankees optioned Miguel Andújar back to Triple-A. He took ground balls with the MLB team at third base, and will play tomorrow for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The team created a 40-man roster spot by placing Dustin Fowler on the 60-day disabled list.

Starting Lineups

New York Yankees
  1. Brett Gardner – LF
  2. Jacoby Ellsbury – CF
  3. Gary Sánchez – DH
  4. Didi Gregorius – SS
  5. Chase Headley – 3B
  6. Ronald Torreyes – 2B
  7. Austin Romine – C
  8. Chris Carter – 1B
  9. Clint Frazier – RF
Houston Astros
  1. George Springer – RF
  2. José Altuve – 2B
  3. Carlos Correa – SS
  4. Evan Gattis – C
  5. Carlos Beltrán – DH
  6. Marwin González – LF
  7. Yuli Gurriel – 1B
  8. Alex Bregman – 3B
  9. Jake Marisnick – CF

CONFIRMED: Clint Frazier Will Join Yankees Saturday

UPDATE (12:45 a.m. EDT – July 1):

The Baby Bomber invasion continues as the Yankees reportedly will select the contract of No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier from AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Brendan McGair, a beat reporter for the Pawtucket Red Sox, tweeted a picture of Frazier on the phone, and said in a subsequent tweet that he heard Frazier say, “I’m going to Houston tomorrow.”

Multiple prospects have made their debuts this week for the Yankees. No. 11 prospect Tyler Wade joined the team earlier this week, then No. 9 Miguel Andújar and finally Dustin Fowler (who suffered a devastating knee injury just one inning into his debut).

The promotion of Frazier makes sense since the Yankees need another outfielder. They were not counting on Fowler’s injury, and decided to recall Andújar for the opener in Houston because the latter was already in Chicago. The RailRiders made it four innings into their game with the PawSox before it was suspended due to rain.

Frazier is slashing .257/.345/.474 with 12 homers and 42 RBIs for the RailRiders. He also appeared in 22 Spring Training games, slashing .273/.267/.432 with one home run and eight RBIs. The Yankees acquired Frazier from the Cleveland Indians along with Justus SheffieldBen Heller and J.P. Feyereisen for Andrew Miller.

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