After posting a .130 average in Spring Training this year, the Yankees sent Clint Frazier down to Triple-A -- a deflating result for the 24-year-old that had high hopes of making the 25-man roster.
It was a tough move for the Yankees to make, but manager Aaron Boone made sure to give Frazier some words of wisdom before he made the trip out of Tampa.
"Go keep working hard at your craft," Boone told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty. "You have a chance to be really good in this league for a long time.
"Don't be in a race to, I've got to go put up this number this week. Go get really good at your craft and your talent will then follow and carry you."
There isn't one thing Frazier has pointed out that he needed to fix when his struggles began in Spring Training. Boone said he just needed consistent playing time to work out the kinks. Frazier had missed most of the 2018 season due to concussion and post-concussion symptoms that he couldn't shake.
Still, Boone and the Yankees realize the potential the outfielder has.
"One of the things I told him when he was in here," Boone said, "even last year, when he missed significant time, obviously especially in the second half when he could have been up here playing, he still did a lot of good things."
While Frazier didn't fulfill his goal heading into camp, the Yankees will certainly be keeping a keen eye on the former first-rounder in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Boone knows he will impact the team whenever he comes back up.
"Just really wanting him to go there with a purpose because he's going to help us this year," he said.