Thursday, June 9, 2011

MLB Draft: Three NoDak Natives Selected

Over the past two days, a dream came true for three baseball players from North Dakota. Each of these players heard their names announced as they were selected in the MLB Draft. The road to the MLB Draft was different for each of these players, so let's take a look at the path that brought them to the verge of their dream.

Pick 222 - Cole Frenzel, 1B - Arizona (Sophomore)
Frenzel can hit for power and average (Photo: Bleacher Report)
The New York Mets selected Cole Frenzel, a native of Dickinson, with their seventh round pick in the draft. Frenzel has been in this position before when he was selected in the 48th Round of the 2009 Draft by the Texas Rangers. He fell in that draft because he told teams that he already decided to take his talents to the University of Arizona. As a sophomore in 2011, he finished with a regular season BA of .365 and that ranked him second in the Pac-10. If he and the Mets can not agree to a contract, look for him to be playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League this summer.

Pick 1057 - Alex Kreis, RHP - Jamestown College (Senior)
Kreis was a standout at Grand Forks Central (Photo: Jimmie Athletics)
The Washington Nationals selected Alex Kreis, a native of Grand Forks, with their 35th round pick in the draft. Kreis was in his senior year for the Jimmies of Jamestown College. During his college career, he compiled a record of 21-5 in four seasons. He did not lose a game as a starter in his sophomore and junior seasons. In his senior season he made 11 appearances that lead to a 7-3 record. He had a low ERA of 2.85 and struck out 70 in only 66.1 IP. In each of the last two seasons, he has been named his conference pitcher of the year.

Pick 1419 - David Ernst, RHP - Fargo South HS
Ernst pitches in the ND State Championship Game (Photo: Fargo Forum)
The Chicago Cubs selected David Ernst, a Fargo native, with their 47th round pick in the draft. Ernst is in the same predicament that faced Cole Frenzel at the end of his high school playing career. He has signed a letter of intent to attend North Dakota State University. Should he skip college and try for professional baseball or would college help his draft stock in the future? Ernst just finished up an amazing run of baseball to cap his senior season. He was named the Senior Athlete of the Year after he pitched a no-hitter in the state championship game. Those are a couple of things that will look good on his resume.

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