Yankees manager Aaron Boone attributed Clint Frazier's lapses on defense to putting too much pressure on himself after the outfielder misplayed three balls in right field in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.
Though Frazier went 2-for-4 to improve his batting line to .272/.319/.517, he committed one fielding error and misplayed two more line drives that led to run-scoring plays.
"Maybe pressing a little bit out there," Boone said, according to the New York Times' James Wagner. "He's working his tail off. He's making strides out there but there's been some mistakes along the way, too. That's part of continuing to develop a young player."
With the Yankees trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, Frazier misplayed an Eduardo Nunez single by letting the ball roll under his glove and to the wall, allowing Michael Chavis to score and Nunez to reach third.
Later in the inning, he fell short on his diving attempt to catch an inning-ending Andrew Benintendi single. The ball ricocheted off Frazier's glove and trickled away, allowing Brock Holt to score from first base and give the Red Sox a 6-2 lead.
With one out in the eighth, he misjudged a Chavis fly ball, taking an inopportune route to the ball and allowing it to roll away for an RBI triple that made it 8-2.
"Right now, he's a defensive liability," a National League scout told the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert on Sunday.
Frazier did not make himself available to talk to reporters after the game.
Prior to Sunday, Frazier's defensive metrics as a right fielder were poor. He had a minus-0.4 defensive rating, a 0.4 UZR and minus-4 defensive runs saved. Even in limited time as a left fielder, he has minus-2 defensive runs saved.
Perhaps more glaring is the fact that with his third error of the season, he is now in a tie for the most errors among MLB right fielders this year.
Yet Frazier's teammates are there to help him develop in the field.
"There's going to be days where things seem like they are not going your way," Aaron Hicks said, according to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch. "It's kind of seems like the ball is always being hit to you. That's just the time where you learn over time, where you've just got to slow the game down."