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Frenzel unsure where or when he'll be drafted

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson baseball standout Cole Frenzel, who has signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Arizona, said Monday he has been told he could be drafted as high as the second round in today's Major League Baseball first-year player draft.

Cole Frenzel and his family have heard it all when it comes to where the slugging third baseman will be taken in the Major League Baseball draft.

"We've heard everything from the second round to the 42nd," Doug Frenzel, Cole's father said Monday. "I don't think you really know until they say, 'Cole we're going to take you.' "

Doug Frenzel said his son has fielded calls from about 20 Major League teams who say they are interested in drafting him if he's available. Those teams have also told the Frenzels several different rounds in which they could select him.

Of those teams inquiring, Doug Frenzel said three have told his son they are thinking about drafting him as early as the second round. Cole Frenzel said the team that seems the most interested is the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I've talked to the Pirates quite a bit about earlier rounds," Frenzel said. "They said they might draft me earlier and not make an offer until the end of the summer."

Pittsburgh has four draft picks on the first day and told Frenzel he could be one of their selections.

Frenzel said during the high school season that he anticipated being drafted sometime on the second day of the draft because several scouts have told him teams are wary of taking a mostly unknown and untested player from North Dakota.

The three-day MLB first-year player draft begins at 4 p.m. today. The first three rounds take place today. Rounds 4 through 30 are selected Wednesday and Rounds 31 through 50 happen Thursday.

Frenzel said it makes no difference when he is drafted, or who takes him. After all, if Frenzel is drafted today, he won't know about it. Frenzel and the Dickinson Roughriders open their American Legion baseball season at Williston at 4:30 this afternoon.

"I'm a little anxious to see how it all ends up, but you can't get too excited about it," Frenzel said.

Frenzel signed a national letter of intent last November to play baseball for the University of Arizona. Frenzel said in late May that he plans on sticking to that promise unless he is chosen higher than expected and offered a contract for an amount he can't refuse.

But, the recent Dickinson High School graduate doesn't think he'll have to have to worry about that since many teams have told him that while they may draft him, they'd like to see how he plays at Arizona.

High school players taken in the first-year draft can still play college baseball if they don't sign a professional contract. If they don't sign, however, they must wait until after their junior year of college, or until they are 21 years old, to be drafted again.

Linton High School graduate Kyle Carr is a prime example of this, having been selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 31st round in 2005 and not signing so he could pitch collegiately for the Minnesota Gophers. The Twins then selected him in the 12th round last summer and he signed a contact. He's currently on the roster for the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie League.

"College is going to play a big part in it," Frenzel said. "A lot of teams say they want to see how I do at Arizona."

Frenzel may not have much of a choice in the matter either.

Many scouts have told him the money usually offered to draft picks outside of the first three rounds may not be there this year because of sinking profits amongst MLB clubs.

"With the economy how it is right now, they said the money is going to just dwindle after the first two, three rounds," Frenzel said.

The money doesn't seem to matter much to Frenzel now though. He's just hoping all the hoopla surrounding the draft comes true and a team takes a chance on him.

"Growing up as a kid, you always want to get drafted," Frenzel said. "Once it actually comes and you're being looked at, it's a great feeling inside."

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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