New Chicago Cubs outfielder Clint Frazier recently admitted he withheld concussion symptoms from his former team, the New York Yankees. He detailed his experience in a recent interview on The Short Porch podcast.
After crashing into an outfield wall in 2020, Frazier dealt with the lingering symptoms throughout the 2021 season. Frazier said he is now doing exercises that are helping him get back to full health.
The Yankees acquired Clint Frazier in a 2016 trade, but the outfielder was never able to find his footing in the Bronx. He logged only 807 plate appearances during five seasons with the Yankees, never appearing in more than 70 games in any season. In 228 career games, Frazier owns a .239/.327/.434 slash line for an OPS of .761.
Yankees fans on Twitter would leave you to believe Frazier is the biggest bust of all time, but taking a quick peek at his numbers proves otherwise. Although he hasn’t lived up to his top prospect hype yet, he is only 27 years old and has much to prove. Frazier signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Cubs before the lockout, a deal that has “prove it” written all over it.
Reason To Be Excited
During the interview, Frazier said the Yankees wanted him to be a launch-angle type of hitter like Joey Gallo.
“I don’t strike out. I want to win. I’d rather learn to hit from Ronald Torreyes — another contact guy they shunned,” Frazier said of those expectations.
With the Cubs seemingly shifting their offensive focus toward contact in 2022, Frazier could fit in nicely. Despite his aforementioned contact preference, Frazier can still provide some power. He has 29 career home runs in less than two seasons worth of games played.
If Clint Frazier can return to a contact-based approach at the plate that he is more comfortable with, who’s to say he can’t live up to the top prospect hype going forward? The Cubs got him on a low-risk one-year deal.
The organization experienced the best-case scenario of allowing a player to do what he is comfortable with during Jake Arrieta’s first stint on the North Side. Arrieta’s previous team, the Orioles, coached him to become more conventional. After joining the Cubs, he went back to what he was used to doing and it resulted in a Cy Young Award and a World Series championship.
Cubs fans should look forward to seeing what Clint Frazier can bring to the table now that he’s out of the uber-critical New York media/fan dynamic and will be playing in front of a more embracing Chicago fan base.
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