Clint Frazier’s second big league home run was a doozy. The Yankees’ rookie outfielder went 3-for-4 during Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Brewers, recording a base hit and RBI triple before he reached his final at-bat in the ninth inning.
Frazier told reporters he’d been suffering from a case of jitters after getting called up last Saturday, but his nerves appeared to vanish against Milwaukee right-hander Corey Knebel. He looped a 1-0 heater well over the left field fence, watching it vanish into the crowd for a three-run jack to secure the walk-off win.
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The rookie’s well-timed blast put him in some unique company, per MLB.com’s Joe Trezza:
Following the game, Frazier gave some insights into his hitting approach after struggling through his first week in the majors. “A good guy to watch is [Aaron] Judge,” he said. “He does a great job of keeping his weight on his backside. That’s why he hits balls where he does. I took a note out of his book and tried to apply it to mine.”
For now, it seems, he appears to be on the right track.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.