Indians’ All-Star shortstop took the time to praise former teammate and current New York Yankees’ top prospect, Clint Frazier.You know it’s good when a superstar with a second place finish in the rookie of the year voting, a gold glove, an all-star appearance and an AL pennant on his resume praises your abilities.
“He’s got a lot of bat speed,” Lindor said in a video posted by the YES Network on Wednesday. “It’s tough to lose him but we got a great player in return and I wish him nothing but the best. He’s going to be a great player in his career and help the Yankees win a lot of games.”
Frazier came to the Yankees in the deal that sent Andrew Miller to the pennant-winning Indians and has gained the attention of the baseball world with his bat speed and even his social media character.
Last season between Double-A Akron (Indians) and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees), the 22-year old hit 16 home runs in 119 games.
Yeah, the power numbers were great but Frazier hit just .228 with three homers and seven RBI in 25 games when he arrived in the Electric City.
It’s indisputable that there’s some development to do, especially after allowing pressure to effect him, but with the tool package the draft pick from Loganville High School packs, many should be as confident as Lindor is.
MLB Pipeline suggests this kid has the ceiling of an All-Star and with an MLB estimated time of arrival of 2017, Frazier could find his way into the Bronx very shortly.
Saying he has a ton of talent is an underestimation and we all paid eyewitness to what Gary Sanchez did in the second half of last season. Perhaps Frazier plays that role of a kid who comes up halfway through and really gives the team energy while perhaps sparking a run.
That all depends on a job opening and if he can channel his potential in Spring Training and Scranton.