After a strong professional debut season and a solid spring training, right-hander Seth Frankoff found himself facing adversity early on in the 2011 season. After five starts and an 11.25 ERA for the Low-A Burlington Bees, Frankoff -- the Bees' Opening Day starter -- was sent back to extended spring training to work on his delivery.
At the start of the New York-Penn League season, Frankoff was assigned to the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. He has experienced considerably more success with the Lake Monsters, posting a 3.34 ERA in six starts.
The groundball pitcher features an 88-91 MPH fastball with a good change-up and a hard breaking ball. He has maintained a nearly two groundouts-to-every-flyout ratio throughout this season.
Donald Moore spoke with Frankoff about his goals for the season and more on a recent Lake Monsters' roadtrip.
Donald Moore: Hi Seth, what are your goals this year?
Seth Frankoff: I'm trying to work on consistency, develop a consistent, fluid delivery that I can repeat, pitch deep into games and give my team a chance to win.
DM: Is there anything you are looking to improve on?
SF: I mean you are always looking to improve every facet of your game, but really fastball command and getting ahead of hitters and using off-speed stuff, using the back and forth game, but just mostly fastball command and putting guys away in three or less pitches each time.
DM: Is there any pregame routine that you do?
SF: I like to play cards. I'm a starting pitcher, so I only pitch every five days. It's good to have your routine between games, but you want to get out there more and stuff like that. But you know, usually I'm just trying to be minimally ready. It's good to play cards and stuff like that and try to stay loose and not think about it too much. You know because when you're out there between those two white lines, you're getting after it and you're competitive, you want the time that you're not out there to be relaxing and stuff like that.
DM: Is there any one person, player or coach who taught you the most about baseball?
SF: That definitely would be both my parents. They are both athletes, but my father especially. The first time I ever went out to play catch with him, he said if you want to play this game, if you want to be good at it, you have to work hard. And that work ethic and drive is something that he instilled in me my entire life.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
SF: I was a BoSox fan all the way growing up.
DM: Favorite player?
SF: Roger Clemens was my idol. He was a horse out there, he was intense, he worked hard and got after it. So that's who I really liked.
DM: Five years down the road, where do you see yourself?
SF: Hopefully in an Oakland A's uniform, pitching at the Coliseum, but you know, I just want to be playing ball and enjoying myself.
DM: Seth, thank you so much and best of luck to your continued success.