Name: Clint Frazier
DOB: September 6, 1994
Batting and Power. Frazier's entire game, including his hitting, is most aptly described as "explosive", including his second-to-none bat speed. He has elite bat speed, plain and simple, and he's able to generate solid above average power to all fields as a result. The ball just jumps off of his bat with the best of them and despite a solid upper-cut finish that allows him to hit balls over the fence the vast majority of his hits are line drives from gap to gap. it allows him to hit for extra bases more than most. While the bat speed is truly special, there has been [and continues to be] just the slightest of hitches in his swing that can cause him to be not nearly as effective on breaking pitches and it doesn't always allow him to pull pitches like he probably would like either. It has improved some in his short time with the Yankees but it does make him susceptible to strikeouts. Adding to his strikeout total is an above average patient approach too. He takes a number of pitches at the plate, builds up counts, and sometimes gets struck out that way. It does mean, however, that he is very good at taking walks too. The discerning at the plate, solid patience, and elite bat speed does suggest that he could potentially develop into a solid or better hitter for average as he continues to mature and further refine the hitch in his swing but most extra-base hit power will most likely be his signature offensive calling card.
Base Running and Speed. Frazier has solid wheels now, showing solid average running speed, perhaps even a tick higher currently. He's built like an athlete too and has a very good first-burst step. It all means he has solid double-digit stolen base potential but it is potential that should wane as he continues to get older. The impact stealing bases should be more early on in his career when he's more aggressive and youthful but the solid speed should eventually relegate itself to more of an above average station to station runner in due time.
Defense. Just like his base running Frazier shows explosive range and defensive ability now as a 22-year old but it remains to be seen just how long he will be able to carry with him down the road as he matures. A more than adequate minor league centerfielder now, Frazier's average speed does pale in comparison to most of the better centerfield prospects around and therefore doesn't exactly stack up quite as well on the depth charts. He can certainly handle the position in emergency situations if need be but he better projects as an eventual corner outfielder where the range could be a tick above average. He has a right fielder's arm strength but it once again isn't exactly elite arm strength like other right fielders so he best projects as an above average defender in left field long-term.
Projection. Frazier's elite bat speed [an 80 on the traditional 20-80 scouting scale] is what helps Frazier's projection as an eventual big league starting outfielder a no-brainer. He simply can do some things most can not do and it helps overcome the aforementioned hitch in his swing quite well too. Throw in solid running ability and defensive skills, and a tangible tenacity on and off the field that could help bring his entire game together and it all spells All Star outfield potential. There's always two sides to coin too; while he can [and does] strike out a bunch, he does walk a considerable amount too, and the top-shelf athleticism and overall feel for hitting suggests there is still some untapped ceiling hitting-wise as well. There isn't an ideal big league comparison but perhaps the closest, at least offensively, is a higher walks version of Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones ceiling-wise. Like Jones the power is what stands out more than the average hitting and the other areas of the game are more solid than standout too, and like Jones there's an All Star ceiling to be tapped if things break right.
ETA. 2018. With barely 120 Triple-A at-bats under his belt and still just 22 years old, ideally the Yankees would like to give Frazier one more full minor league season to work on his hitting mechanics a bit more but it's also the kind of work that could be done at the big league level too. The only thing working against Frazier in regards to getting some big league time in 2017 is not being on the 40-man roster yet but another solid season in Triple-A could force the Yankees' hand.