09/04/2017 3:20 PM
Tyler Frank (Amsterdam 2016) celebrates following his walk-off hit that lifted Team USA to a 2-1 victory over Japan on July 13, 2017 (photo courtesy of USA Baseball).
Baseball America and D1Baseball.com have both named 2016 Amsterdam Mohawk Tyler Frank among the top prospects on the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT). The former rated Frank No. 20 on its list, while the latter tabbed him at No. 30.
Frank, a rising junior from Florida Atlantic University where he plays alongside 2017 Amsterdam outfielder Eric Rivera, became the first-ever Owl to make the CNT this summer. According to the USA Baseball website, the pool of players considered for the CNT is “comprised of non-draft-eligible players currently playing baseball at the collegiate level,” while the squad annually boasts several first-round draft picks and highly-touted prospects from across the country.
The Loxahatchee, Fla., native served as a utility player for Team USA, seeing time at shortstop, third base and left field, although he was the everyday shortstop for FAU in the spring and was named to the 2016 PGCBL All-League First Team at that position, too. While his time on the field was limited, in 15 games Frank recorded six hits, including two doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs scored, and he committed only one error defensively. In the series against Chinese Taipei, he finished with a .286 batting average (2-for-7) and in the series opener against Japan on July 12 he ripped a clutch two-run, walk-off single to secure a 2-1 victory.
According to Baseball America, Frank is “physically unremarkable” at 6-foot, 185 pounds, but also called him a “grinder who can hit.” It was also noted that his “versatility could be his ticket as a pro.” D1Baseball.com echoed that sentiment, stating “he doesn’t have the standout tools to profile as an everyday player, but his versatility and spring performance stand out.” The online publication also said he possesses “plate discipline and the ability to control the zone,” and that the 20-year-old is strong enough “to be a doubles hitter with occasional home run pop” as a pro.
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As a Mohawk in 2016, Frank hit at a .302 clip with four home runs, 32 RBIs and 31 runs scored, and was 15-for-17 in stolen base attempts. In Amsterdam’s two-game sweep of Utica in the 2016 PGCBL Championship Series, he collected two hits, two RBIs and was walked four times while batting third in the lineup. Frank twice garnered PGCBL Player of the Week honors.
About the PGCBL
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League is a 13-team summer collegiate baseball league in Upstate New York. Since its inaugural season in 2011, the PGCBL – which annually draws talent from some of the best NCAA, NAIA, and junior college programs – has quickly evolved into the premier wood bat league in the state of New York, while becoming one of the most widely respected summer leagues in the country. The PGCBL is affiliated with Perfect Game, the nation’s largest independent amateur scouting bureau. Last year, there were more than 1,500 players in the pros who either wore the uniform of a PGCBL team or participated in a Perfect Game event. For more information, please visit www.pgcbl.com.