- John Bazemore/AP
New York Yankees highly touted prospect Clint Frazier reportedly had an audacious request of the Yankees recently, according to WFAN’s Suzyn Waldman.
Frazier, who is currently beginning the season in Triple-A minors, asked the Yankees, as Waldman told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts (via Deadspin), if they ever “un-retire” numbers.
Amid the laughter, Waldman said Frazier wasn’t just asking for any old number – he was asking for Mickey Mantle’s retired No. 7.
We suspect we know the Yankees’ answer.
Frazier was the Cleveland Indians fifth pick in the 2013 draft and the centerpiece of the Yankees’ return in the Andrew Miller trade last season. He batted an impressive .308 in spring training this year, and despite questions about his maturity, Yankees GM Brian Cashman called Frazier’s bat speed “legendary,” saying he’s one of their top prospects.
Regardless of the hype around Frazier, asking the Yankees for No. 7 would be like an NBA rookie inquiring to the Chicago Bulls about No. 23.