Yankees OF Clint Frazier has been using fellow outfielder Aaron Judge as a role model during his current hot streak, NorthJersey.com's Bob Klapisch reports.
Frazier has jumped into the Yankees spotlight recently with exceptional play, and much like Judge, he has been humble since making his big league debut at the beginning of the month.
"I've got a good guy to take a note out of the book that he's writing right in front of my face," Frazier said. "That would be a good one to follow in the steps of Aaron Judge."
Being a quiet leader on and off the field is a quality Frazier cherishes in Judge, and it has been effective.
"I think there comes a time when you do so good that it's expected you're going to do good," Frazier said. "So the way that Aaron is leading -- he's a quiet leader that's going out there and just saying 'follow my lead' without saying those words."
Much like Judge's size, Frazier's approach to the game baffles many. At the plate, the 22-year-old has an off-balance swing where his back foot lifts entirely off the ground at contact, much like the Nationals Bryce Harper. However, his tremendous bat speed makes up for his lack of balance.
He also seems calm in big situations like with runners in scoring position where he is hitting .364.
"For someone who just walked into the spotlight, he looks right at home," a talent evaluator said.
As Frazier continues to become acclumated to the big things, one thing he will never get used to is seeing how far Judge can hit the ball.
"I'm just trying to go out there and maybe get an extra-base hit, and Aaron's hitting it so far he can't hit a double," Frazier said. "Just the magnitude of everything he's doing, it's mind-blowing."
In 16 games so far this season, Frazier is hitting .295 with three homers and 11 RBI.