NEW YORK -- As Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks took an 0-for-14 skid into Wednesday's series finale vs. the Astros, it's easy for eyes to turn to the impressive numbers that 23-year-old Clint Frazier has been putting up for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But manager Aaron Boone is not planning on making
NEW YORK -- As Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks took an 0-for-14 skid into Wednesday's series finale vs. the Astros, it's easy for eyes to turn to the impressive numbers that 23-year-old Clint Frazier has been putting up for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But manager Aaron Boone is not planning on making any moves just yet.
Hicks had slashed .230/.335/.400 this season, and .231/.355/.423 in his last seven games since Frazier was optioned on May 20. Meanwhile, the young outfielder has been tearing up the Minor Leagues, hitting .342 in his last nine games and slashing .353/.421/.659 in 21 games with the RailRiders this year.
"You know, when [Hicks is] not getting hits, he's getting on 35 percent of the time," Boone said. "He's a real center fielder that can legitimately play center field, that has power, that, in a lot of ways, is still a young player developing and been highly productive."
Although Frazier has collected six hits in his last 10 at-bats, the outfielder has struggled with runners in scoring position during his stint in the Minors, hitting just .105 with eight strikeouts and three RBIs in 19 at-bats. But, for the Yankees, Hicks had hit .272, including two home runs with 17 RBIs and just five strikeouts in 39 plate appearances with runners in scoring position.
Hicks went 0-for-2 in his first three plate appearances in Wednesday's 5-3 win over the Astros, but he broke through with an RBI double in a two-run sixth.
"Clint is continuing to grow and continuing to establish himself as a big part of our future," Boone said. "Aaron's a really good player for us that gets on and plays a premium defensive position. You can't just fire anyone out in center field."
Although it seems as though the Yankees are set on Hicks, Aaron Judge, Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton as the team's four outfielders, Boone has kept a close eye on what is happening throughout the entire organization.
"I have some contact with them, not a lot. But following every day," Boone said. "We can pull up video of their games or at-bats, whatever we need to see, at a moment's notice. So that makes it nice and allows you to really follow what's going on with them on our own.
"Obviously we have boots on the ground there, and reports and stuff like that, but to be able to call it up on video just like that is really nice, too. It allows us to keep tabs on what everyone in the organization is doing, especially those guys that we feel like potentially will impact our club."
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Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.