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Detroit Tigers should NOT pursue Clint Frazier in Fulmer talks

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CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier /
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CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier
CLEVELAND, OH – AUGUST 04: Clint Frazier /

Clint Frazier made his major league debut last season for the Yankees. In a crowded outfield, Frazier was still able to rack up 134 at-bats. He slashed .231/.268/.448 with four home runs and an 82 wRC+.

He also posted a 4.9% walk rate and a very high 30.3% strikeout rate.

The small sample size is worth noting. However, Frazier has accrued a total of 395 at-bats at the Triple-A level across the last two seasons.

In those at-bats, he hit .248/.323/.446 with 15 home runs, nine stolen bases and a 105/44 K/BB ratio.

There is not enough success in Triple-A and in the major leagues to suggest that Frazier will be an immediate, high-impact hitter for the Tigers.

Frazier also posted negative defense numbers in both left and right field last season, a concerning development for a player once considered a center field prospect. Again, the sample size was pretty small, but a player with high strikeout totals, a low batting average and poor corner outfield defense does not sound like the prize return in a hypothetical Michael Fulmer trade to me.

A deal involving Michael Fulmer should net someone who is a near lock to be an above-average regular. Frazier has enough holes in his game that he should not be the centerpiece in any Fulmer deal.

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