July 23, 2014

Tribe prospect Clint Frazier: “I want to be like Mike Trout”

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Clint Frazier is 19 years of age. He has freckles and an awkward, kid-like smile. He has an incredible head of red hair. His teammates greeted his arrival by sporting Ronald McDonald wigs. He’s an agile outfielder who can also hit for power. He possesses incredible bat speed, and has used being pitched around to his advantage. Oh, and he wants to be the next Mike Trout.

In a recent interview with FanGraphs’ David Laurila, Frazier discusses a variety of items, including how close he was to being a member of the Red Sox, how he spent a good portion of high school trying to impress scouts, and the portions of his game he has worked on since being selected fifth-overall by the Tribe in 2013.

In high school, I’d have had a much higher batting average if I’d learned to hit the ball everywhere. In pro ball, I worked the first five months on trying to hit the ball up the middle and to the opposite field. The majority of my base hits this year have been opposite field. That’s something I worked hard on. I didn’t want to be thought of as a dead-pull hitter. I wanted to change opinions and maximize my ability by using the whole field. I’m more of a threat if I hit the ball all over the place.

I asked my coaches what type of hitter they thought I’d develop into, and they said someone who can hit .300, steal 30 or 40 bags, and also hit 30 homers. I want to be like Mike Trout. I want to be a guy that hurts you in every part of the game. I don’t want to be a guy that’s known for striking out a lot and hitting a lot of home runs with a low average. I want to be one of the best hitters to step into the box, and [good] in the outfield and on the bases.

Frazier was named Gatorade National Player of the Year after hitting .438 in his final season at Loganville [Ga.] High School. After signing with the Indians, he went on to hit .297/.362/.506, in 196 plate appearances, in the Arizona Summer League.

He’s gained roughly 10 pounds of muscle since being acquired, going from 183 to 195 pounds, and has managed to marry his new muscle with his already plus-plus bat speed, increasing the weight of his bat from 31 ounces to 32.5 ounces. Upon being drafted, our own Jacob wanted to clear the air, stating that comparing Frazier to Trout—arguably the game’s best all-around player—would be presumptuous and borderline unfair to a kid who had yet taken a swing at the major league level. Hearing Frazier consider Trout to be a goal rather than a peer, however, is something that’s tough to not get excited about.

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

  • LaundroMat

    What’s he gonna say? “I want to be the next David Delluci”?

  • matt underwood

    well , he would get a 3 year guaranteed MLB contract from the tribe if he was.

    thanks shapiro – awesome signing #627

  • Harv 21

    Goals are nice. Of course, he’s going to have to climb over a whole of bodies just to be a major league starter. Mark Lewis, Danny Peoples, Corey Smith, Trevor Crowe, Beau Mills .. they all wanted to be like Mike Trout.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I like this kid would have liked him even more had he ended up with the Red Sox but I’m hoping he develops. The Indians will need him.

  • Natedawg86

    Give it some time, he may end up on the redsox

  • http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    But did any of those guys have Frazier’s skill set?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL hopefully just before he becomes Mike Trout otherwise he’ll be mucho expensivo!

  • Harv 21

    And what skill set is that? Mark Lewis was the #2 overall in the whole freakin’ country, was represented by Scott Freakin’ Boras, supposedly had the Barry Larkin/Cal Ripkin “skill set.” Until he didn’t.

    We have no idea what skill set exists. All we know is his crazy high school stats, what the the published scouting reports say and what the FO tells us they think they see. Frazier himself will have no idea what he has until when and if he succeeds enough to face increasingly better competition.And that’s the point. Maybe he’s Trout, or maybe he’s Russell Branyan or Lewis with a nice decade long career of mediocrity. Or maybe he’s Corey Smith, the subject of of increasingly desperate coaching attention until they sigh and pull the plug. His skill set is how he will actually perform. No more and no less.

  • left out

    given the mess of our other two franchises, spring training cant come soon enough.

  • mgbode

    those dudes did not have red hair. advantage: Frazier!

  • mgbode

    it’d be nice for a draft pick to come through for us. if he and Lindor live up to the hype and come up at relatively the same time?

  • TerrenceP

    Maybe, but you’re still a phaggot.