Clint Frazier is the next “Baby Bomber” expected to give the New York Yankees some much-needed help with an injury bug spreading through the clubhouse. On Thursday, Dustin Fowler was supposed to help, but he was carted off in the first inning after he crashed into a wall while trying to make a catch.
Like Fowler, the 22-year-old Frazier is from Geogria. He was born in Decatur and attended high school in Loganville. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2013 draft, but was traded to the Yankees in the deal that sent reliever Andrew Miller to the Indians.
While Frazier and Fowler come from the same state, they are two very different personalities. Fowler lets his performance on the field speak for itself and doesn’t use social media. Meanwhile, the red-haired Frazier uses Twitter, where he has over 48,500 followers. He’s also using Instagram, where he has 57,900 followers.
In his five seasons in the minors, Frazier has a career batting average of .272 and has hit 62 home runs. In 2017, he’s playing for the AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, and has hit .257 with 12 home runs in just 73 games. He hit 16 home runs all season in 2016.
Here’s what you need to know about Frazier.
1. Frazier’s Girlfriend Is Faith Jewekes, a Wofford College Track Alumnus
Frazier is currently dating Faith Jewkes, who is featured in several photos on his Instagram page.
Jewkes is a recent graduate of Wofford College in South Carolina. According to her school athletics bio, the Weaverville, North Carolina native was a sprinter on the track team. She was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and has a brother who plays college baseball. She majored in Psychology.
“I couldn’t be more proud of you for everything you have accomplished over your last four years,” Frazier wrote on Instagram when Jewkes graduated from college. “God has blessed you in so many ways and I’m honored to stand by your side through the many years to come. here’s to the future.”
2. Frazier Tried to Keep His Hair Long, but Finally Got a Haircut During Spring Training
On March 10, Frazier got a haircut. Normally, this wouldn’t be big news, but since the Yankees have a rule against players having long hair, there was a “hair watch” in place for Fraizer in the New York media. Even The New York Times had a front page story about his hair.
Eventually, Frazier’s hair just became too big of a distraction, so it finally had to go.
“I think people are making my hair bigger than my game,” Frazier told the Times on March 5. “I’m here to play baseball.”
As CBS Sports points out, Truman’s Gentleman’s Groomers in New York offered to give Frazier free hair cuts for as long as he’s a Yankee.
“Just after thinking to myself and talking to a few people, I finally came to the agreement that it’s time to look like everybody else around here,” Frazier told the New York Times on March 10. Frazier had long hair since he was in seventh grade.
“I felt it had become somewhat of a focus on him and a distraction, and I didn’t want it to be anymore,” Manager Joe Girardi told the Times. “He made a decision. We have rules in place, and in reality, when he was on the field it met the criteria, but I didn’t want a distraction in here. He didn’t want that either, so he made a choice.”
3. Frazier & the Yankees Shot Down a Rumor That He Wanted to Wear Mickey Mantle’s Number
Back in April, Frazier grabbed headlines for a bizarre request. Deadspin reported that radio broadcaster Suzyn Waldman claimed on WFAN that Frazier asked to wear No. 7. There’s only one problem: No. 7 was worn by Mickey Mantle and it’s retired.
The story played into the idea that Frazier is immature, but the Yankees and Frazier disputed it. Frazier wrote on Twitter that Waldman reached out to apologize to him. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told ESPN that the story never happened.
Last August, Frazier also made attracted attention for trying to use Twitter to get a date with social media personality Jen Setler. It didn’t work out.
4. Frazier Considers Reggie Jackson a Mentor
Frazier met Yankees legend Reggie Jackson in 2016 in the Instructional League. He told the New York Daily News that he sees Jackson as a mentor and enjoyed working with Mr. October.
Frazier explained to the Daily News:
“(Jackson) was in the dugout during most of the games in spring training. When I wasn’t playing, I hid off in the back with him, watching the game, and just talking about things that I’m going through at the plate, or as a player at the time. Reggie’s still a very good mentor for me. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. He’s cares a lot. Any time you get to talk to him, you’ve got to have all your ears turned on.”
Jackson praised Frazier when he finally got his haircut and understood that it takes time for younger players to get familiar with the “Yankee Way.”
“I thought he was concerned about fitting in with the Yankees and the way we do things,” Jackson told NJ.com in March. “Certainly the idea came from others and there were a lot of people that had that conversation with him and tried to get him to understand. When you first come here, I think it takes time for some of the younger people to understand the Yankee way.”
5. Frazier Has Helped Out His Parents Financially Since Starting His Baseball Career
Frazier’s social media antics and his hair might get all the attention, but his family wanted to share the charitable side of the outfielder in a August 2016 NJ.com profile of Frazier. His parents are Mark, a salesman for a fencing company, and Kim, a pre-school teacher. He has a big sister named Taylor who is a pharmacy technician. His parents are also helping another couple raise their 6-year-old daughter Eden while Eden’s mother is at military training.
His family taught him to be charitable, and they were in good shape financially until an economic downturn hit Loganville. Mark lost his job in 2009 and went over three years without a full-time job. His parents almost didn’t get to go to San Diego in 2012, when Frazier won the Jackie Robinson Award for the Perfect Game High School Player of the Year.
Things seemed to be getting better for the family when Frazier signed with the Indians for $3.5 million after he was drafted. But then Mark was laid off again. The moment he found out that his parents were in trouble again, he rushed to help. His parents didn’t want it, but he already sent them money.
“Money is money,” Clint told NJ.com. “It’s not going to determine our household. When one of us is able to help out the other one … in this case, me being able to help them out was something that I wanted to do. My parents did whatever it took to make sure I got where I am. The littlest thing I could do was help them out when I have the flexibility to do that.”