Yankees OF Clint Frazier has reportedly been called up for the team's series against the Nationals, per The Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.
Frazier was sidelined due to a concussion he sustained in Spring Training. But since being cleared to play, he has been raking through minor league pitching.
The 23-year-old is hitting .362 with three homers and 4 RBI in 12 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barres, and he feels that he is ready for the big stage again.
"I know I'm ready," Frazier told The Post's Mark W. Sanchez over the weekend. "I don't think there's much more I have to prove to myself to know I can go out there and perform. This is the best I've felt physically, mentally, every other way, so I know I'm ready."
Whose place Frazier will be taking on the Yankees is yet to be known.
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Whether playing for the Yankees or in Triple-A, this is a significant time for Frazier, who needs to re-establish his value to the Yankees -- and to potential trade deadline suitors.
The Yanks are stocked with outfielders, making Frazier a piece that Brian Cashman could move to fill his in-season pitching needs. Problem is, in the eyes of many rival evaluators, Frazier is an overrated prospect, and not the kind of talent who can headline a deal for a frontline player (hence the Yankees' inability to land Gerrit Cole last winter). And that was before a concussion cost Frazier most of spring training and the beginning of the season.
Since returning, Frazier has played well for Triple-A Scranton, batting .362, with three home runs in 12 games.
Though he is probably only up for the series in a National League park, he has the chance to remind both the Yankees and other teams' scouts that he was once considered a top prospect, traded from Cleveland for Andrew Miller.
Before fans get overly excited about Frazier, this is likely a short stint and nothing else, unless someone gets hurt in the interim. Frazier is not even in the lineup tonight against a left-hander, which should tell you all you need to know about his place in the hierarchy.
At the same time, good for Frazier to get back to the big leagues after a long recovery period from his concussion. The issue for Frazier is whether he will get enough of a look at this level to make a difference in the Yankees thinking in the short term. The way I see it, is obvious that the Yanks believe the four-man rotation they currently have running in the outfield is best for the club at this time.
It seems Frazier's chance as a Yankee regular will only come with an injury or a much more sustained slump from Brett Gardner or Aaron Hicks.