Clint Frazier played in just 69 games for the Yankees in 2019, mainly when the team was dealing with injuries in the outfield. The 25-year-old split his time between the big leagues and in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
This season, Frazier is focused on making the Yankees' Opening Day roster, especially since the MLB expanded roster sizes by one player to 26 total players.
"At one point, I was starting left field (for the Yankees)," Frazier told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. "And then at another point, I was starting left field in (Triple-A) Scranton. I have my eyes on that other spot (starting for Yankees).
"…So I think this spring training, if I could go out there and I do what I can do offensively and I do what I know that I can defensively, then maybe I'll put myself in a different spot to not only focus on the 26th man."
The Yankees starting outfield is expected to consist of Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton. The team will also use Mike Tauchman, and maybe even Miguel Andujar while Aaron Hicks rehabs from Tommy John surgery.
It's going to be a battle for Frazier to make the roster, but he's shown the ability to hit at the major-league level -- slashing .267/.317/.489 with 12 home runs in 225 at-bats in 2019.
"Fraz has the chance to be a great player in this league," manager Aaron Boone said. "We want to be there for him, continue to help him grow in this game."
Gardner also sees Frazier's potential, especially after his contribution to the team in 2019.
"He's a guy that's got a ton of talent, and I still think he's got a very bright future, career ahead of him," Gardner said. "He helped us in some big ways last year. Some big, big ways when we really needed him."
Frazier wants to focus on baseball, as he continues to wait for an opportunity with the Yanks.
"But I also believe that if I lose who I am, it probably affects you on the field," Frazier said. "And that's the biggest thing, is trying to be yourself without becoming a distraction. And as we all know, distractions can linger. And I don't want to go through distractions. I don't want to deal with that anymore….I'm here to have people just talk about baseball. I don't need the rest of the stuff. This isn't the Yankees' reality TV show."