Emerson Frostad, who helped Lewis-Clark State College to Avista NAIA World Series titles in 2002 and ’03, has been selected to play for the Canadian Olympic baseball team that will compete in Beijing, China next month.
Frostad, who is from Calgary, Alberta, played on the 2008 Canadian Olympic Qualifying Team in Taiwan earlier this year and went 5-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored in five games. He also was a member of the Canadian teams that participated in the World Championships in 2006 and the Junior World Championships in 2001.
Frostad, who plays catcher and first base, helped LCSC to national titles his two seasons in the program. In 2003, he hit .354 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI. He was selected in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball draft that year by the Texas Rangers.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder then spent the next five years playing minor league baseball. After a year of short-season A League, he played two seasons with Class A Clinton. His first year he had a six-game hitting streak, while in 2005, he led the team in home runs (16) and runs scored (72), and tied for the club lead in games (114) and doubles (26). He finished second in RBI (62), hits (116), at-bats (367) and slugging percentage (.449). He played third base, shortstop, second base, first base and also was the designated hitter that year.
In 2006, he was moved to catcher and played at Bakersfield, another Class A team. He led the team in slugging percentage (.553), ranked second in doubles (30), third in RBI (51), and fourth in hits (93), home runs (12) and games played (79). He also played for Canada at the America’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Cuba that year.
In 2007, he was promoted to the Rangers’ Class AA team in Frisco where he played first, second and third. He also made two relief pitching appearances for the team. After a hot start with his bat when he hit .295 prior to the All-Star break, Frostad cooled off in the second half of the season and finished with a .241 averages in 90 games. He had 13 doubles, 13 home runs and 44 RBI.
This season, he’s enjoying another big year with Frisco and even spent two games with Oklahoma City in the AAA Pacific Coast Conference. He was selected to the Texas League All-Star Game in late June and is hitting .257 with 21 doubles, five home runs and 34 RBI. In his two games with Oklahoma City, he went 1-for-7 at the plate, but the one hit was a two-run home run. He played third base in both games.
Frostad will continue to play with Frisco before reporting to the Canadian team on July 28. He will rejoin Frisco following the Olympics.
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