Fronk A Name To Follow

Reid Fronk is a name to keep an eye on. Fronk had an impressive campaign in the South Atlantic League, batting .287/.398/.492, with 17 home runs and 83 RBIs at Columbus.

The Tampa Bay organization is loaded with promising pitching prospects, from Nick Barnese to Jeff Niemann. The system lacks real depth in the position player pool, however, especially after the promotion and emergence of third baseman Evan Longoria at the major league level in 2008.

There are a few hitting prospects in the lower levels with the chance to surprise, though. One example is left-handed hitter Reid Fronk, who is coming off a solid campaign in the South Atlantic League.

Fronk, drafted out of North Carolina in 2007, posted a line of .287/.398/.492, with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs and a .395 wOBA. He spent most of the season in left field--he was an infielder during college--but does not project to hit for enough power to remain at a corner outfield spot at the highest level. He is definitely a sleeper, and will need to continue to post solid numbers to keep rising. Still, his Sally League performance was impressive--14.7 BB% and 24.0 K%, 74 walks in 124 games.

Fronk is a name to keep an eye on.

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