3 logical DH candidates for the Chicago Cubs in 2022

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Chicago Cubs Clint Frazier
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2. Clint Frazier

The former fifth overall pick in 2013, Clint Frazier is an intriguing option for the Chicago Cubs in 2022. He looked like a “can’t miss” prospect coming up through the minors, but he could never seem to find permanent playing time in the Yankees outfield. Especially after they acquired Giancarlo Stanton.

Frazier played in a career-high 69 games during the 2019 season, playing in place of injured players, and posted a .267/.317/.489 slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI’s.

He looked poised to grab a permanent roster spot last year. However, he suffered from concussion-like symptoms for a large portion of the season, eventually leaving with dizziness in June and was later shut down.

He did not play well in the 66-game sample size, hitting just .186 with five home runs and 15 RBI’s, accounting for the lowest WAR (-0.9) of his career.

Chicago Cubs Clint Frazier
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Fangraphs projects the 27-year-old to have a bounceback season of sorts. Specifically, they have Frazier posting a .231/.317/.414 slash line with 13 home runs and 41 RBI’s in 100 games.

Despite the limited stints in the majors, he’s always shown the ability to get on base, taking walks at nearly a 15 percent clip last season. By the same token, Frazier has been the victim of striking out way too much, nearly 30 percent of his at-bats a year ago.