Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier.
By Brendan Kuty
“I’m not watching him pitch anymore,” Frazier said. “I don’t want to watch him.”
A big key to Frazier having the kind of season that could propel him to a major-league debut will be to distance himself from the trade that put him in pinstripes in the first place, Frazier said at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Tuesday.
“I don’t think I need to try to fill the shoes of another person,” he said.
The Yankees acquired Frazier — Baseball America’s No. 2 Yankees prospect — and three other minor leaguers in a deal for Miller, one of the game’s best relievers, at the trade deadline.
While Miller helped carry the Indians to an eventual World Series loss to the Cubs, Frazier struggled at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In 101 at-bats, Frazier, an outfielder, hit .229 with just three homers and 30 strikeouts.
It was the first time the Georgia native had truly struggled in professional baseball. He said he knows what happened.
“I went from trying to fill Clint Frazier’s shoes to trying to fill Andrew Miller’s shoes,” he said.
“And the guy did what he did because he’s one of the best pitchers in the game. To try to live up to the amount of hype that he had because I was traded for him was hard. He went out and did what he did and it was hard. For the first time, I thought I was humbled to the maximum tee. I had to get off cloud nine and realize there were some things I had to work on and I’m glad that a guy like Andrew is who I got traded for.”
Frazier will be invited to his first major league spring training in February. He said making the majors in 2017 was his goal, but that he wasn’t sure if it would actually happen.
“I think if I perform, I’ll be in the right spot,” he said. “I’m not the general manager. I can’t call myself up. But I think everything is going to fall into place the way it should be.”