The White Sox are planning to call up outfielder Clint Frazier prior to tomorrow’s game with the Royals, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports (Twitter link). Frazier signed a minor league deal with the Sox in late April, a few days after he was released from another minors contract with the Rangers.
Frazier is poised to make his debut with the White Sox but not his debut with Chicago, as he played in 19 games with the Cubs last season while hitting .216/.356/.297 over 45 plate appearances. Between that lack of production, a month-long stint on the injured list after an appendectomy, and a lot of struggles with the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, it was another setback for a player who was once one of baseball’s better prospects.
However, Frazier had decent Triple-A numbers with the Rangers prior to his release, and he has been crushing the ball since arriving in Triple-A Charlotte. The outfielder has hit .375/.478/.839 over 67 PA with the top White Sox affiliate, due in part to some changes in his batting stance and approach at the plate. As Triple-A hitting coach Cameron Seitzer recently told The Athletic’s James Fegan, Frazier has gone from a closed batting stance and “back to slight open. Then as he makes his forward move into the ball, he gains ground and he stays linear. So he’s actually staying on the pitcher longer.”
The results are obvious, and the White Sox will now see if Frazier can continue any of that success against big league pitching. The right-handed hitting Frazier can complement either Andrew Benintendi or Gavin Sheets (both lefty swingers) in the corner outfield, or could factor into the DH picture.
Sheets didn’t play today due to what was considered to be some minor wrist soreness, so the Sox could either just be adding some depth for precautionary purposes, or Sheets might be a candidate for the injured list if his wrist problem is more serious, or if the Sox want to give him more time to fully recover. At least one more transaction will be necessary to create space for Frazier on the 40-man roster, so the White Sox will have to designate someone for assignment or shift a player to the 60-day injured list.
This guy has more lives than a Siamese cat. Not the breed, Like if they were two cats stuck together.
More first names too
Love that casual racism can find its way into every comments section on this website!
Get a grip Karen. Frazier went by Clint, then Jackson then back to Clint in two years. Hahahaha look at you
Yeah that’s the racism. Not the “Siamese” comment. You’re real bright
Yikes Karen. Loosen up, he ain’t coming for your cats
Who is Clint Frazier?
Is he Clint or Jackson? Might want to go by “Bo”, maybe he’ll hit better (though still probably worse than “Darrin”)…
Great selection ChiSox…..great selection.
He could get them ‘up’ to 10 games under .500.
Have patience, cubbies will be there in a week!
I’d rather bring back Adam Engel, the best Sox center fielder since Jim Landis.
GL Frazier! Hope he sticks.
Davis Martin can go on 60 day IL, gD Tommy John surgery, done for the year.
They should pick up Andujar as well.
Why not? The Sox have been loading up their minor leagues with other team’s garbage since the off-season began. No prospects for the future, just players who have been dfa’d.
That slug, lawdy lawdy
Isn’t he Jackson…or Joe…or Walt? The Sox have sunk low if there giving this guy some PT.
Not sure there’s a lot of opportunity for him to “factor into the DH picture” with Burger tearing it up and Eloy potentially back next week.
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The White Sox will be at or around .500 within a few weeks and the tides will change for them. Injuries to horrible bullpen that blew a lot of games for them in the first month during that losing streak is behind them and they will slowly dig themselves out of that hole. As long the White Sox play consistently where they start taking each series and remain healthy then people will change their tune. In the meantime, getting Crochet back in the bullpen and Hendricks in the near future is a big moral booster for the clubhouse.
Hey, say it every season and you may be right eventually. Love the rose colored glasses, but I think its time you found some brown lens sunglasses with this team as I think you forget their abysmal record vs teams you need to beat in the playoffs. (winning the division means nothing in a garbage division that the central appears to be this season). Too bad they cannot play the Royals every series.. oh wait, they also lost 3 of 4 vs this same gutter team the last time they played before this series… The amount of energy it takes to dig out of a hole like this is going to negate any .500 record they may get to. Even if they do, and somehow pull out a miracle and win the division, what’s the point if they look like doormats vs good teams?
There is already rumblings of Gio being traded, and the Sox should not stop there.
Just talked to Kenny Williams who was at Freddies on 31st Union Ave. I was having a delicious “yerminator” burger when he sat down next to me. I asked him about the outfield and he said he has a trick up his sleeve. He said to keep it to myself but Jose Canseco is coming back to play for the Sox. By the way I was wearing my 1974 Cy Acosta jersey so he knew that I was a Sox fan