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Cole Frenzel

Frenzel's sights set on minor league playoffs

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Cole Frenzel is part of the everyday grind.

Frenzel, a Dickinson High School graduate, found out first hand the grind of a minor league baseball season.

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"It's fun," Frenzel said. "All you have to do is play baseball. It's pretty much like college, except you play every, single day."

The New York Mets' seventh-round draft pick out of the University of Arizona got an early jump on his professional career, signing his professional contract on July 8. He had a home with the Single-A Brooklyn Cyclones almost a week later.

Frenzel started his minor league career hitting just over .300, then he fell into a little funk.

"I was hitting the ball hard, but it was right at people," Frenzel said. "I wasn't striking out a lot or anything. I just wasn't squaring the ball up."

He said that's the way it goes at times and he needed to have to have a clear mind heading into each at bat.

"One day you will go 2-for-4, the next day you will go 0-for-4," Frenzel said. "You have to have instant amnesia."

The spark that appeared to get him out of the funk was his first professional home run, which he hit against the State College (Pa.) on July 25.

"It was pretty cool," Frenzel said. "The first home run in minor league baseball is something I will never forget."

In his past 10 games, Frenzel got back on track, hitting .313 bring his season average to .244 in 32 games. Frenzel has six extra-base hits, including four doubles, one triple and a home run with 13 RBI.

"That's how baseball is," Frenzel said. "Every guy in the MLB or minor leagues has periods when they're hot and periods when they're not."

Frenzel traded in aluminum bats for wood bats like the ones he used with the Midgets in high school. The wood bats don't allow batters to make many mistakes.

"If you don't barrel it up, you aren't going to gets as many hits," Frenzel said. "You can get jammed with aluminum and still hit the ball."

Playing in the Pac-10, Frenzel knew what good pitching looked like and he didn't have to make major changes at the plate. Four pitchers from the Pac-10 were drafted in the first round, including two of the first three picks.

"The Pac-10, this year, had a lot of really good arms," he said. "The pitching isn't anything new, but the pitchers here are a little more consistent."

One position that Frenzel helped put the Cyclones in is a possible playoff berth. Brooklyn is 2½ games behind Staten Island for first place in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. The Cyclones are a half-game back of Williamsport for the wild card spot.

"I knew we were getting close, but I didn't realize it until today," Frenzel said in a phone interview on Saturday. "We were like nine games back on Aug. 1 and now we three games back. We play Staten Island to close out our season, so we are going to give ourselves a chance if we continue to play good ball.

"The people in Brooklyn are really excited and for the New York Mets, this is one of most competitive leagues."

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