WASHINGTON - Darren Baker may have gotten more interviews and attention and it was hard to overlook the debut of fellow infielder Brady House.
But another 2021 draft pick of the Nationals also had a solid pro debut this summer in the minor leagues.
Dallas native Will Frizzell - a first baseman from Texas A & M - showed strong offense at the plate for the Florida Complex League team that was managed by Richmond native Jake Lowery, a former catcher in the minors for Washington and Cleveland.
In 32 at-bats, yes a small sample size as they say, Frizzell batted .313 with a homer and six RBIs after he was taken in the 8th round of the draft this summer.
In his third game as a pro, he had two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs against the Mets.
He had a hit in seven of the nine games he played in the Florida Complex League.
As a senior in college for the Aggies in the spring, Frizzell hit .343 with 19 homers and 50 RBIs as he started all 56 games.
He grew up in Rockwall, Texas and his father, Gregg, played basketball at Southwest Texas – now Texas State. He has a sister, Maddie, and he likes golf and sand volleyball.
Frizzell was a sports management major in college. He was all-state player in high school at third base and was a three-time letter winner at Rockwall High. He was an all-SEC player this past season for the Aggies.
“Wants to stay as close to baseball as long as you can,” read his bio on the Texas A & M website.
If he keeps hitting, that should not be a problem.
Frizzell was signed on August 16 by Washington and reported to the FCL team the next day.
Most of the 2021 draft picks, and others, were slated to be part of the Instructional League that began Wednesday in West Palm Beach, Florida.