Yankees' Top Prospect Clint Frazier Homers In MLB Debut

Ruben Hill
July 2, 2017

News of Frazier's impending call up was first delivered by a Pawtucket Times reporter via Twitter, who overheard the right-handed hitting outfielder on his cell phone, saying he'd be in Houston on Saturday.

Clint Frazier had already toned down some of his spring training brashness before Saturday afternoon, when he re-entered Yankees Universe as a full-fledged major leaguer.

Here's some of the social media reaction to the Frazier promotion! "He might, I think he might", Judge said before the game.

Once the game began, Frazier provided an appealing look at how he might fit into a pennant race. Frazier hit.257/.345/.474 with 12 home runs, nine steals (on 11 attempts) and a respectable 68:37 K:BB in 319 Triple-A plate appearances. "I've got a good feeling for him tonight". After two more walks issued by Betances, Chapman gave up Gurriel's two-run double on a 3-and-2 pitch with two outs.

The poor outing by Betances and Chapman wasted Didi Gregorius' first career grand slam and a memorable big-league debut by Clint Frazier. But leading off the sixth, with the Yanks trailing 2-0, Frazier lined one just under the glove of diving left fielder Marwin Gonzalez for a two-base hit.

In the seventh inning, Brett Gardner's third career grand slam capped a three-hit, five-RBI night and salted away the victory before 40,024 fans. Frazier led off by lining a flat 1-and-2 fastball to left. As he entered the dugout, Frazier encountered the old "silent treatment" gag before his teammates surrounded him congratulatory pats and fist-bumps.

To make room for Frazier on the roster, the Yankees optioned infielder Miguel Andujar to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

But the Yankees' power relief duo imploded on Saturday night against baseball's best team.

Frazier was part of the celebrated haul of players the Yankees received from the Cleveland Indians at last summer's non-waiver trade deadline, when lefty reliever Andrew Miller went to the eventual AL champions. "But I'm ready. I want to help this team".

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