Frenzel finalizes minor league deal with Mets
The New York Mets made Cole Frenzel an offer he couldn't refuse, so he jumped at the chance to play professional baseball.
The Dickinson High School graduate finalized his minor league contract with the Mets on Saturday, signing a standard seven-year deal with a signing bonus Frenzel said is in the mid-six figures.
"The contract came through, it was more than I was asking, so I took it," Frenzel said during a phone interview. "I feel I made a good decision right now. I gave it a lot of thought."
The first baseman, who was an all-Pac 10 selection as a sophomore at the University of Arizona this spring, was chosen by the Mets in the seventh round of the MLB draft on June 7.
Frenzel said he will be at the Mets' spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for the next four days to train and "get back in a routine," before being sent to join the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets' short-season Class A club in the New York-Penn League.
Frenzel said he was told by Mets officials they want him in Brooklyn as soon as possible.
Recalling what one team official told him, Frenzel said, "As soon as you're good to go, you're going to be hitting three-four hole and playing every day, so get ready."
Frenzel finished his sophomore season with a .346 batting average, a .019 dip from his regular-season pace of .365 that ranked second in the Pac-10.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound infielder had 48 RBI, three home runs and 15 doubles while scoring 48 runs and starting all 60 of the Wildcats' games.
Frenzel said choosing to leave the Wildcats, who he helped reach the NCAA tournament this spring, made his decision difficult.
"It's hard to go away from school like that, especially with how great Arizona was," Frenzel said. "It was nothing but a great experience for me."
However, he added that the Mets will match the scholarship amount he was receiving from the Arizona for four semesters, which was the amount of eligibility he had left in the NCAA, should his baseball career not work out and he wishes to go back to school.
Frenzel first caught eyes around Dickinson as a youngster on the Mustang Fields, where he first began belting home runs.
He soon became a fixture at Southside Municipal Ballpark, where he starred for the Dickinson Midgets and Dickinson Roughriders until 2009, winning two state championships with each team.
After an injury stunted his freshman year at Arizona, he bounced back with a breakout sophomore season that turned him into an early round draft choice.
Now, Frenzel is on to the next step of his career with the hopes that it will one day lead him where he's always hoped to end up: the major leagues.
"I'm ecstatic," Frenzel said. "I feel really blessed to have this opportunity."