Clint Frazier said before Wednesday’s game that he believed he was playing the best baseball of his life.
Later that night, he backed up his case.
In Frazier’s first game with the Yankees this season, the 25-year-old went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double en route to a 6-3 Yankees win over the Braves, sweeping Atlanta at Yankee Stadium.
The performance by Frazier had Marc Malusis singing his praises on Thursday’s “Moose & Maggie.”
“I am in a very, very good mood this morning because my guy, Clint Frazier, got the opportnutiy to play last night and oh, boy, did he deliver,” he said. “A fantastic evening for Clint Frazier. … No. 77 was fantastic. I was fired up. I’ve talked a lot about him and excited to see him get A-Bs – even with Judge not being in the lineup – and seeing if he can produce.
“We understand the immaturity, the defensive woes in the outfield … whether or not he rubs his teammates right way, if he comes across as a me guy. I don’t care. He can flat out hit.”
Frazier was recalled to the roster after Giancarlo Stanton was placed on the injured list with a hamstring strain. He is expected to miss up to three to four weeks.
Stanton had a 1.038 OPS at the time of his injury, but Frazier appears to be up to the task.
“You cannot have a better day than that,” added Maggie Gray. “Where you tell everybody, ‘I’m playing great baseball right now, you just haven’t been able to see it.’ Then you go out and back it up the way that he did.”
With so many outfielders on the Yankees, though, how Frazier continues to perform will beg an interesting question about his future on the team.
“You can look at Clint Frazier, I think he’s an everyday outfielder,” Moose said. “…If you’re looking at the future of this team are you looking at Clint Frazier being part of a trade package to bring back an asset this team desperately needs? Is that out of the realm of possibility? It’s not out of the realm of possibility where his value could rise and he could get traded.”