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After injuries kept him quiet in 2018, Clint Frazier intends to make a lot of noise in the upcoming season.

Aaron Case

Mark my words, New York Yankees fans, winter is coming. Ironically enough, it’s coming to spring training in the form of fiery young outfielder Clint Frazier.

In an interview with the New York Post’s Bob Klapisch, Frazier discussed the struggles with concussion symptoms that robbed him of most of the 2018 season. To say that the 24-year-old is excited to get back on track would be a massive understatement.

“I’m going to be Wild Thing,” he told Klapisch. “Wearing eye black, got my nose pierced, wearing No. 77, crazy hair.”

Frazier gave this description of himself after referencing his new nickname, “Wildling.” For what it’s worth, ESNY may have played a significant role in determining the Baby Bomber’s new nomenclature:

Whether or not the Game of Thrones–inspired nickname sticks, Frazier is clearly ready to battle for a job in February and March.

“I can’t wait to get to spring training because I’m ready, I feel great,” he told Klapisch. “This is going to be a big year for me.”

The Georgia native has slashed .238/.295/.429 with four home runs in 54 career MLB games. However, his numbers in the minors last season should have Brett Gardner shaking in his cleats.

Frazier blasted 11 home runs and slashed a torrid .305/.388/.562 during his limited time on the farm. If he posts similar numbers in spring training, he could earn a steady job in the Bronx.

His best bet is a platoon in left field, sharing time with Gardner and what’s left of Jacoby Ellsbury. And Frazier certainly knows he has a shot at unseating his elders:

I love the energy emanating from this fully recovered and raring-to-go version of Clint Frazier. But I hope he’ll watch out for those outfield walls while he’s playing like a wild thing.

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