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Frenzel mulling signing with Mets, returning to school

Cole Frenzel

Cole Frenzel's sophomore season with the University of Arizona baseball team ended Tuesday.

Now, he is faced with a life-changing decision.

The New York Mets selected the Dickinson High School graduate with the 222nd overall pick in the seventh round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft Tuesday afternoon.

The 21-year-old former Dickinson Midgets and Dickinson Roughriders star can either sign with the Mets and enter their minor league system or return to Arizona for his junior year.

Frenzel said his decision may not come for a few days as he enters negotiations with the Mets.

"If they meet what I'm asking, I'll sign with them," Frenzel said Tuesday night from Tucson, Ariz., during a phone interview.

If he returns to Arizona, Frenzel will likely spend the summer playing for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks of the Cape Cod Baseball League, a wood bat summer league for college baseball's elite.

"I'm still waiting to see, hanging out and figuring things out," Frenzel said.

Doug Frenzel, Cole's father, is confident his son will make the right decision.

"It's a tough choice for a young man to make, but he'll know what to do," Doug Frenzel said.

Cole 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.

A Pac-10 all-conference selection, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound first baseman had 48 RBI, three home runs and 15 doubles while scoring 48 runs and starting all 60 of the Wildcats' games.

He struggled in the College Station Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament, going 3-for-19 with four RBI and four runs.

Frenzel was selected during Arizona's game against Texas A&M in the regional final. The Wildcats' season ended with a 3-0 loss.

This is the second time Frenzel has been chosen in the MLB draft.

The Texas Rangers picked him in the 48th round in 2009, shortly after he graduated from high school. He fell deep into the late rounds of that draft after informing teams he planned to play collegiately for Arizona.

Frenzel said those he has been in contact with in the Mets organization have told him he would either play with their rookie team in the Florida State League or their short-season Class A team in the New York-Penn League.

The rookie team is in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Class A team is in Brooklyn, N.Y.

With the 13th overall pick in the first round of the draft Monday, the Mets selected Brandon Nimmo, a high school senior from Cheyenne (Wyo.) East High School. Nimmo is the highest draft choice ever out of Wyoming.

He played primarily American Legion baseball.

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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