Clint Frazier digs into Yankees organization

The New York Yankees look like the best team in baseball at this point in the MLB season, currently sitting at an impressive record of 41-16 over the year.

Both offense and throwing have made a big leap from last season. And they’re doing it without a player who seemed destined to play a big role in the Yankees’ outfield for years to come.

Former Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier has already been ranked as baseball’s 16th-best prospect ahead of the 2017 MLB season, but he was unable to replicate the high hopes many had for him.

Frazier played five years with the Yankees and even showed flashes of solid play with the team. But he was finally released by the organization at the start of this offseason after struggling with a .186 batting average last year.

Frazier now plays for the Chicago Cubs, where he has been used sparingly as a pinch hitter. With the Cubs set to face the Yankees in a three-game series starting Friday, Frazier was asked about his time with the Yankees organization. And he certainly didn’t mince words about his tenure there.

“Definitely don’t miss some of the stuff there,” Frazier said Maddie Lee of The Chicago Sun Times in an interview this week. “And I really appreciate the way this clubhouse has maneuvered. It seems like there are a lot of guys here who accept everyone. And that made me feel good.”

“And you had to be a cookie-cutter version to be on that team,” Frazier said. “If not, then you were, like, a really bad distraction, it seemed. So, I’m not missing out on being told what I must have been like for the past five years.

Frazier in particular has a beard and a nose ring now with the Cubs, things the streamlined Yankees organization certainly disapproves of.

While in New York, Frazier often had little time to shine with stars like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton playing ahead of him in a crowded outfield. But while Frazier certainly seems to be happy with the Cubs, there must be a part of him that wishes he could be a part of the Yankees’ success this season.

Updated: On Friday, the Cubs removed Frazier from their major league roster:

So maybe the change of scenery isn’t entirely positive for him.

[The Chicago Sun-Times; photo from Wendell Cruz/USA Today Sports]

Aubrey L. Morgan