Fronk Having Nice Season

Reid Fronk has shown the ability to put the ball in play and has been the most productive hitter for the Columbus Catfish this season, posting a slash stats line of .270/.371/.478 with a team-best 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in 382 at-bats in the South Atlantic League through July 25.

Reid Fronk played a huge role in the North Carolina Tar Heels' success during a standout collegiate career. Fronk, who played all over the diamond for the Tar Heels, helped his school to two College World Series appearances. He put together his finest season as junior in 2007, though, batting .318/.433/.544 with 11 home runs and 58 RBIs to finish with one of the highest OPS (.977) totals in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was then selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the seventh round of the draft last June

After the Tar Heels' bid for a national title came to an end, Fronk reported to the New York Penn League, where he posted the highest OPS (.962) on the Hudson Valley Renegades. Although he still does not have a true position—listed as a left fielder entering the draft—he has been productive as a pro to this point. In a nice professional debut, he hit .311/.396/.566 with 14 doubles, five homers and 27 RBIs, spending the majority of his time in a corner outfield spot.

Fronk has picked up where he left off in 2008, but will need to keep posting strong numbers because his tool set—he does not project to hit for a ton of power, is not a burner on the base paths and his defensive skill set is limited— leaves a lot to be desired. Still, he has shown the ability to put the ball in play and has been the most productive hitter for the Columbus Catfish this season, posting a slash stats line of .270/.371/.478 with a team-best 12 home runs and 56 RBIs in 382 at-bats in the South Atlantic League through July 25.

The left-handed hitting Fronk will need to continue to put up similar numbers, but he has made a strong adjustment to full-season ball and may crack the Rays' Top 25 prospect list this offseason. Tools aside, he is a name to keep an eye on, for sure.


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