Well-traveled Frostad finding home at first

Frisco slugger Emerson Frostad has played baseball in Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, and Cuba over the past few years. The well-traveled prospect has also changed positions twice since joining the Rangers organization in 2004, but he seems to have found a home at first base. Lone Star Dugout recently spoke with the first baseman.

Growing up in chilly Calgary, Alberta, Frisco first baseman Emerson Frostad was never able to play year-round as a youngster.

"Growing up we usually played maybe 20 or 30 games and that was it," said Frostad. "My last couple of years of high school we put together a travel team and started coming down to the U.S. to play in a lot of tournaments. Until my last few years of high school, we didn't play very many games."

Although the Rangers drafted Frostad in the 13th round of the 2003 draft, his professional career didn't begin until the 2004 season. Frostad had promised to play with the Alaska Goldpanners of the Alaskan Baseball League.

"It was neat to play in Alaska," said Frostad. "My college coach Ed Cheff was up there and he took me up there. I had a great experience playing against some pretty good competition. I've been fortunate enough to travel around quite a bit."

The well-traveled Frostad was also selected to travel to Cuba with Team Canada during the Olympic qualifiers last summer.

"Any time you get a chance to play for your country it's pretty special," said Frostad. "The group of guys we had was pretty amazing and I had a pretty good tournament. I had a lot of fun playing for Team Canada. I look forward to hopefully doing it again down the road."

Frostad struggled with the bat while playing third base at Single-A Clinton in 2004 and 2005, hitting .215 and .269, respectively.

The native Canadian came into his own at the plate with High-A Bakersfield in 2006. Frostad hit .320 with 30 doubles and 12 home runs in 79 games with the Blaze while working behind the plate. He believes Bakersfield's hitter-friendly Sam Lynn Ballpark helped his offensive development.

"I think the short fence in Bakersfield was good for me because the wind blew in, so you had to keep it on a line," said Frostad. "If you did hit a line drive, you got a home run. It kind of rewarded you for keeping the ball on a line and driving it to the gaps."

Now in his fourth year in the organization, Frostad is playing his third position, as the club has made him a full-time first baseman.

"I feel like I'm getting the job done [at first base]," said Frostad. "I don't have the best range around, but if it's hit near me, I'll probably catch it. I feel pretty good over there."

This season isn't Frostad's first at the position, as he also played there in college.

"I played first base my senior year of college," explained Frostad. "I played third my first two years and then we had an injury, so I had to play first. I had played first a little bit before."

Regardless of what he does in the field, it is Frostad's advanced bat that could carry him straight to the big league club.

"I like to try and stay in the middle," Frostad said of his approach at the plate. "I think if it's coming in on me, I can turn on it. I just try to take what the pitcher gives me and try to work it back through the middle of the field."

Playing in his first season with the RoughRiders, the 24-year-old enjoys having the big league Rangers just a few miles down the road in Arlington.

"It is pretty neat. I got to see the ballpark for the first time this year," said Frostad. "I just got to see what it was like and it's pretty exciting to know that you're one step closer. We are just down the road, so if you have a good year and a break goes your way, you're never too far away."


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