After a June demotion, Clint Frazier is back with the New York Yankees as the biggest name among a number of September call ups.
However, Frazier is coming back to the Yankees for the month of September. The team announced Frazier’s recall along with a few other September call ups. Ryan Dull, Chance Adams, and Tyler Lyons, all pitchers, are coming with Frazier.
Frazier’s initial demotion had more to do with a logjam than poor play. In 53 games this season, Frazier has 11 home runs, 34 RBIs, and a slash line of .283/.330/.513. His offense has never been a question, but his suspect defense in the outfield was a major factor in the Yankees’ decision to send him down.
There was an opportunity to call Frazier back up for the London series against the Boston Red Sox, but the Yanks opted to call up Mike Tauchman for his glove. Tauchman never looked back and began to swing the bat well.
An outfield with a rotating cast of Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman, Cameron Maybin, and Aaron Hicks, when healthy, made it difficult for Frazier to breakthrough.
Frazier’s bat can definitely help the Yanks during the stretch run. Although the AL East is all but locked up, New York (89-48) is still battling with the Houston Astros (88-49) and Los Angeles Dodgers (88-50) for home-field advantage in the postseason.
New York plays the rubber-match of a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday (1:05 p.m. ET).