After the Iowa Cubs completed batting observe on the sector at Principal Park Saturday, outfielder Clint Frazier grabbed his bat, received again within the cage and received in some extra swings. Frazier who had already gone by way of some pre-game hitting, received some additional work in as the remainder of his teammates retreated again to the clubhouse to prepare for Saturday’s sport with the Omaha Storm Chasers.
“There’s numerous misplaced time that must be made up,” Frazier stated. “Sticking after and doing that was one thing that I’m in all probability going to do fairly typically if I can simply because I want to verify I’m prepared each sport. I don’t have time to take a seat round and hope it occurs. I’ve received to make it occur.”
Frazier is decided to get again to the large leagues after he was surprisingly designated for task by the Chicago Cubs June 10 as a part of a collection of roster strikes. The 27-year-old Frazier, as soon as a giant prospect in baseball, signed a one-year take care of the Cubs within the offseason. The hope was that he might present depth within the outfield and presumably rejuvenate his profession with some regular enjoying time.
However that by no means occurred.
Frazier missed a part of the season when he went on the injured listing after present process an appendectomy. After a short stint with the Iowa Cubs as a part of a rehabilitation task, Frazier returned to Chicago and confirmed some promise however hit simply .216/.356/.297 with eight doubles in simply 19 video games with Chicago this season. Even with Chicago’s roster ravaged by accidents, probabilities have been laborious to return by for Frazier who received simply 37 at-bats. When the Cubs wanted to make a roster transfer earlier this month, they determined to DFA Frazier.
“It is a part of the sport,” Frazier stated of the transfer. “I do not suppose that you simply suppose you need to come into this job not anticipating to get fired sooner or later as a result of there’s all the time different individuals which might be performing or on their means up,” Frazier stated.
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“Hits carry buddies. So, I did not have numerous hits up there and therefor, I used to be the man that needed to go to be able to create a roster spot from what I used to be instructed.”
Frazier cleared waivers and had a call to make. He might go to the minors or turn into a free agent. Frazier stated he accepted his task so he might proceed making his big-league wage. Plus, with restricted enjoying time this season, Frazier figured there is probably not many groups keen to provide him an opportunity. So, Frazier not solely accepted it however rushed again to the minor leagues, received into city Friday and was on the park Saturday getting in additional work.
“I feel that my most suitable choice although was coming right here and in the end performing and placing myself and different individuals ready to the place perhaps there’s a possibility that opens as much as the place I can lastly get a full-time enjoying job as a result of at-bats have been laborious to return by the previous couple of years for me,” Frazier stated. “So, in a means, this can be good to return down right here and carry out the way in which that I do know I can. And hits carry numerous buddies. We’ll see what I can do.”
When Frazier completed his additional spherical of batting observe, he stayed on the sector for a bit to speak with Iowa hitting coach Desi Wilson. Whereas being in Iowa is not the purpose, Frazier is attempting to profit from the possibility to play day by day.
“I signed right here as a result of I needed to be right here,” Frazier stated. “And in the end, I feel that I am going to be capable to play sufficient and eventually discover my groove to the place any individual says, ‘Let’s give this man a pair hundred at-bats.’ As a result of I can hit.”
Frazier hopes these at-bats eventfully include the Cubs. And if they do not, he is aware of others are taking note of what he is doing.
“I have been traded earlier than so I do know that there are individuals within the stands which might be watching,” Frazier stated. “So, I will attempt to carry out for my workforce, which is the Cubs, and I will attempt to carry out for anybody else that is watching as a result of in the end, I feel everybody on this group desires me to succeed. So, if I succeed right here, I feel it is going to assist up there.”
Tommy Birch, the Register’s sports activities enterprise and options reporter, has been working on the newspaper since 2008. He is the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the 12 months. Attain him at email@example.com or 515-284-8468. Observe him on Twitter @TommyBirch.