The White Sox made a pair of expected roster moves prior to Sunday’s game.
Outfielder Clint Frazier has been selected from Triple-A Charlotte, as widely reported last night. He will be replacing fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick on the 40-man roster, who has been designated for assignment.
Frazier, 28, was signed to a minor league contract in late April, and he has done nothing but hit since joining the organization. In 16 games with Triple-A Charlotte, he’s slashed .375/.478/.839 (21-for-56) with seven home runs, 13 runs batted in, and a 1.317 OPS.
Once the No. 17 overall prospect in baseball per MLB.com, Frazier began 2023 with the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate. However, his stint didn’t last long as he was released following a line of just .250/.350/.442 with one homer and four runs batted in across 60 plate appearances.
Frazier has reportedly been working in Charlotte on becoming more open in his batting stance while focusing on aggression at the plate. Given the corresponding roster move, he appears to be slotting into more of a bench role for the time being, but will likely see an opportunity for at-bats over the coming weeks. In fact, he will be batting sixth and playing right field on Sunday.
As for Marisnick, the 32-year-old outfielder had a very minimal impact on the team. He finishes his major league stint 0-for-2 with a run scored in nine games this season. The decision to DFA the veteran almost felt inevitable given the team’s current roster construction and the way Frazier’s been forcing their hand.
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Frazier credits help from Rangers hitting coach Tim Hyers, whom he’s known since he was 13, for his resurgence at Triple-A.
“He helped re-instill some of that confidence and good attributes I’ve got at the plate,” Frazier said. “We built a plan and I took it into spring training.”
Simplifying his approach has been part of his work at the plate.
“I just tried to treat it like glorified whiffle ball in the back yard,” Frazier said, “Just let it go and go out there and do what I can do.”
Note he does not credit the Sox staff… Further example how inept this organization truly is. Their players seek outside sources for training and improvement.