Frenzel back in Savannah after hot start with Brooklyn
Cole Frenzel isn't the first to say baseball is a humbling game and he sure won't be the last.
Frenzel, who is a Dickinson High School graduate and a 2011 seventh-round draft pick of the New York Mets, was called up from Class A short-season Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones to Class A Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats on July 12.
"Baseball is a really humbling game, but it's a lot of fun," Frenzel said.
This is Frenzel's second trip to Savannah in the 2012 season.
"It's been good," Frenzel said. "Savannah is a great place. The weather is hot down here, so you've got to make sure you're staying hydrated. I like it in Savannah and I enjoy it here."
After batting .136 in six games to start the season for the Sand Gnats, Frenzel was sent back to Coney Island to play for the Cyclones. The slow start didn't follow Frenzel north.
The first baseman supplied a .342 average with four doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBIs in 19 games for the Cyclones. He also had a .410 on-base percentage with seven base on balls and a .493 slugging percentage.
"You have streaks where you get hot and then there are streaks where you are cold," Frenzel said. "I was just seeing the ball well. I was just trying to keep it short and simple. I didn't want to try to do too much and not think too big."
Frenzel said the solid performance in Brooklyn wasn't all his doing -- the quality of his teammates made his time at the plate a little bit easier.
"We had a pretty good team up there too, so I got a couple pitches to see with a lot of good guys in the lineup," Frenzel said.
Since rejoining the Sand Gnats, in five games Frenzel is batting .118 with one home run and three RBIs. The numbers didn't follow Frenzel back to Savannah, but he said he's continuing to mature as a player.
"Baseball is a funny game," Frenzel said. "You can hit the ball four times and make four outs. Then you could break your bat four times and get four hits. It's a weird game. I'm still seeing the ball well and hitting it hard, but I haven't been finding too many holes.
"The results aren't there, but the process is and that's all that really matters. It's how you can mature as a player and figure things out as you go. It's all part of your development."
Frenzel was also part of back-to-back home runs in a 10-2 win against the Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws on Tuesday.
"That obviously feels great," Frenzel said. "Anytime you hit a home run it feels amazing. Gilbert (Gomez) followed up with a home run too and that was pretty cool. I don't think I've ever gone back-to-back in professional baseball. That's probably something I'll never forget."
The goal for the remainder of the season is to work hard, have fun and not pay attention to the statistics.
"There's going to times when you're up and times when you're down," Frenzel said. "That's what I'm kind of learning here. You need to be prepared, do everything you can do and all you can ask. If you go out there and work as hard as you can, that's all you can ask out of yourself."
Coney Island was home for Frenzel last season when he batted .238 in 43 games with four doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBIs. He said being able to go back helped him prepare both mentally and physical.
"I got my feet wet, kind of learned a lot about the game and the routine of playing every day," Frenzel said. "The second year, you kind of have more of an idea of what you need to do and how you can get your mind prepared for the game."
Before embarking on his professional baseball career with the Mets, Frenzel played two seasons for the University of Arizona Wildcats. His eyes and ears were glued to the TV when the Wildcats hoisted the 2012 College World Series championship trophy.
"That was awesome," Frenzel said. "I came in as freshman with that junior class. I know how hard they worked and I know how talented they are. They did a tremendous job.
"Coach (Andy) Lopez did an awesome job with that group and I'm really happy for those guys."