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Friday, September 18, 2020

Clint Frazier’s Patience Pays Off For the Yankees

As you can see, Frazier spread his hits around the field. Though his pull percentage through Wednesday (42.0%) is close to his career mark (40.3%), he’s doing a better job of taking advantage of Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch than ever. Three of this year’s seven homers have come that way, though all of them had estimated distances of at least 374 feet. He’s as likely if not more so to go deep to his pull side; three of this year’s homers have gone to left or left center in the Bronx, and from among his 23 career homers, the balance is 12 to the pull side and seven to the opposite side.

And lest you worry too much that Frazier is merely loading up in garbage time — as was admittedly the case on Tuesday given the double-digit margins visible in those clips — it’s worth noting that through Wednesday he ranked fourth on the team in WPA (0.65, behind Giovanny Urshela’s 1.63, Judge’s 0.90, and LeMahieu’s 0.78) while being tied for seventh in plate appearances (121) and hitting .303/.422/.596 for a 174 wRC+. He was 31 PA short of qualifying for the official leaderboards, but among AL players with at least 120 PA, his on-base percentage ranked second, his wRC+ fourth, and his slugging percentage eighth.

That’s been a huge boon to the Yankees in a season where Judge has served two stints on the injured list — separated by a one-game return — due to a right calf strain, and Stanton spent 37 days on the IL due to a left hamstring strain

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 18, 2020 at 03:41 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2020 at 01:51 PM (#5977673)
Frazier looks to have the LF job locked up, given his play, and age apparently having caught up with Brett Gardner. Could be a very stable Frazier-Hicks-Judge outfield, with Stanton mostly at DH, for years, assuming Judge is extended past 2022.

TFA also covers 2020 press box protocols for those interested.
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: September 19, 2020 at 02:27 PM (#5977675)
Could be a very stable Frazier-Hicks-Judge outfield, with Stanton mostly at DH, for years

what could go wrong?
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2020 at 03:33 PM (#5977677)
Could be a very stable Frazier-Hicks-Judge outfield, with Stanton mostly at DH, for years

what could go wrong?


They'll pay 60 games together every year for years! Being the 4th OF behind Hicks and Judge is a guarantee of 500 PA.
   4. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 19, 2020 at 05:19 PM (#5977685)
I told you people about Frazier. With that said...

They'll pay 60 games together every year for years! Being the 4th OF behind Hicks and Judge is a guarantee of 500 PA.


155 games played, 560 PA in four seasons for my boy Clint. Even if you include his minor league games he's averaged about 100 games a year the last three seasons.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2020 at 06:21 PM (#5977687)
155 games played, 560 PA in four seasons for my boy Clint. Even if you include his minor league games he's averaged about 100 games a year the last three seasons.

Right, but he's been like the 6th OF, not the 4th. Gardner has been the 4th.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: September 19, 2020 at 06:33 PM (#5977689)
At least Iron Man Stanton provides lineup stability

EDIT: For crying out loud, Eric Kratz is hitting 320.
   7. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 20, 2020 at 10:28 AM (#5977751)
Speaking of opposite field HRs. Did anyone happen to see that stat last year that said that opposite field HRs had doubled over the prior (2018) season? that was quite interesting.
   8. JJ1986 Posted: September 20, 2020 at 10:46 AM (#5977753)
EDIT: For crying out loud, Eric Kratz is hitting 320.
I don't know if it's right - I didn't bother to check the exact service time rules for this season - but I believe Erik Kratz is going to hit (major league) free agency this year for the first time at age 40.
   9. MY PAIN IS NOT A HOLIDAY (CoB). Posted: September 20, 2020 at 12:07 PM (#5977761)
155 games played, 560 PA in four seasons for my boy Clint. Even if you include his minor league games he's averaged about 100 games a year the last three seasons.


Syndrome's 2018 was essentially wiped out by the concussion he suffered, post-concussion symptoms and a reoccurrence of those symptoms when he tried to return later in the year.

He certainly did not play those games, but it's not an injury that is likely to affect his durability going forward (hopefully, as he's a fun player to watch and root for).
   10. Ziggy: social distancing since 1980 Posted: September 20, 2020 at 06:23 PM (#5977789)
Wow, Kratz's 28 at bats this year have been worth 0.4 WAR, the prior ten years of his career, -0.5.
   11. sunday silence (again) Posted: September 20, 2020 at 06:37 PM (#5977793)
...it's not an injury that is likely to affect his durability going forward


It seems to me brain injuries are one of the most dangerous and have the most long term impact on a person. You dont think that will impact his ability to play a full season?
   12. Loren F. Posted: September 21, 2020 at 11:32 AM (#5977903)
Assuming we return to 162-game seasons next year, I'm not confident that the Yankees will see consistent 140+ game seasons from Hicks (never done it), Judge (only did it in 2017), or Stanton (did it in 2017 and 2018, but not in 2015, 2016 or 2019). The jury is still out on Frazier, but he hasn't yet proven his durability either. Frankly, the most consistently durable of the OF bunch has been... Brett Gardner, with 140+ games every year 2013-19, plus 44 out of 53 games this year.

Has there been any research into whether the prevalence of full seasons has gone down, gone up or stayed the same in recent years? It *seems* like there's been slightly fewer position players logging 130-, 140- or 150-game seasons in the last few years but my sense of it could be skewed because I'm a Yankees fan.
   13. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 21, 2020 at 01:23 PM (#5977921)
OK, let's see if I can format this right...140 game seasons by player per team since 1969;

2000  5.04 
1977  4.54 
1996  4.50 
1998  4.43 
1983  4.42 
1979  4.42 
1985  4.38 
1974  4.38 
1988  4.31 
1982  4.31 
1978  4.27 
1997  4.25 
2006  4.23 
2003  4.20 
1973  4.13 
2016  4.10 
2002  4.10 
1986  4.08 
2001  4.07 
1993  4.04 
2004  4.03 
2008  4.00 
1990  4.00 
1989  4.00 
1984  4.00 
1991  3.96 
1976  3.96 
2005  3.93 
1970  3.92 
2015  3.90 
2012  3.90 
2007  3.90 
2018  3.87 
1999  3.87 
1987  3.85 
1980  3.81 
1975  3.79 
2017  3.77 
2014  3.73 
2010  3.73 
1992  3.62 
2009  3.60 
1969  3.58 
2013  3.50 
1971  3.46 
2011  3.37 
2019  3.33 

   14. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 21, 2020 at 01:31 PM (#5977922)
Slightly more illuminatingly, the decade average which shows a big drop in the 10s;


1980-1989: 4.13
2000-2009: 4.11
1990-1999: 4.08
1969-1979: 4.04
2010-2019: 3.72
   15. Mayor Blomberg Posted: September 21, 2020 at 04:44 PM (#5977951)
- but I believe Erik Kratz is going to hit (major league) free agency this year for the first time at age 40.


After being released in 2008, Kratz became an FA

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