The timing is right for Clint Frazier. Now he just has to break through.
Frazier, who’s vying for an everyday spot in the lineup with the Yankees, hit a home run in his first at-bat in Thursday afternoon's 7-1 win over the Rays and credited a change he’s made with his mechanics.
The 25-year-old outfielder said that he’s trying a new trigger mechanism that places his front foot turned inward as much as he can. Frazier said that he puts 60% of his weight on his back leg and that he’s eliminated a long stride to the ball in order to unlock his potential.
“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 homer -- hit off Tampa Bay’s Aaron Slegers immediately after Tyler Wade belted a two-run shot -- helped to jump-start the Yankees. New York hit three home runs after hitting just two in its first five Spring Training games.