Frazier's chances of making the Opening Day roster would improve if MLB decides to expand rosters early in the season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. Frazier looked to be in line for a starting spot in right field prior to the suspension of play. However, the delay to the start of the regular season gives both Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib) time to heal, likely knocking Frazier out of an everyday role -- and possibly off the big-league roster altogether. That script could flip back, however, if MLB expands rosters as the Yankees would then have more room to keep Frazier on the club as a reserve outfielder.
Frazier's spot on the Opening Day roster could be affected by the delay to the start of the regular season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports. Frazier impressed in Cactus League play, batting .320 with five extra-base hits and a 1.055 OPS in 25 at-bats. His performance, along with injuries to fellow outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (calf) and Aaron Judge (rib), all but assured Frazier a roster spot and fairly regular playing time at the start of the campaign. However, with Opening Day now expected to be pushed back at least eight weeks, both Stanton and Judge could be healthy when the regular season commences. That would significantly cut into Frazier's playing time and could keep him off the roster altogether.
Frazier is slated to get work in both right field and left field over the next few days, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Frazier is expected to begin the season with an everyday role in the outfield following injuries to Aaron Judge (rib) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf). That said, the Yankees also have Mike Tauchman and Miguel Andujar to fill in at corner outfield spots until the pair of sluggers return, so there could be some mixing and matching in the early part of the campaign.
Frazier is expected to begin the season in an everyday role in the outfield after general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Tuesday that Aaron Judge (shoulder) and Giancarlo Stanton (calf) are unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. The Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox looks like a good representation of what the team will typically roll out against left-handed pitchers to begin the campaign, as the starting nine should feature a combination of Brett Gardner, Mike Tauchman, Miguel Andujar and Frazier occupying the three outfield spots and designated hitter. Frazier should have a fairly clear path to regular work versus right-handed pitching as well while the two sluggers are sidelined, though he'll typically find himself near the bottom of a stacked lineup.
Frazier has tinkered with his hitting mechanics, Spencer Fordin of MLB.com reports. According to Frazier, he now places 60 percent of his weight on his back leg and has eliminated a long stride to the ball, while also turning his front toe inward. "The toe was my idea, but there were some people along the way that put me in a few different positions," said Frazier of his newfound hitting stance. "Your body speaks feel; what feels right, you want to continue to do. I had to be the one ultimately to choose what that was, because I was the one feeling it. I used the toe to preset something and try to go from there." The adjustment paid off with a home run to left field in Thursday's Grapefruit League contest against Tampa Bay. Frazier is hitting .286 overall this spring as he seeks to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster.