WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2005
Neal Frontz Selected in Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft
June 8, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior RHP Neal Frontz (Jacksonville/Trinity Christian/Florida College) was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 24th round with the 718th overall pick of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Frontz, who finished 6-6 with a 4.74 ERA in 14 starts, led the Dolphins with 89.1 innings pitched, 54 strikeouts and tallied the squad's lone complete game in 2005. Last year, third baseman Orlando Diaz was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 27th round and RHP Chris Kelly was taken in the 46th round by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Frontz became the first Dolphin pitcher to be named Atlantic Sun Conference Pitcher of the Week twice in the same season after hurling his first complete game in a 7-1 win over Lipscomb on April 22. Frontz went a season-high 9.0 innings and allowed only one run (a solo homer) on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. During the contest, Frontz retired all three batters he faced in four innings while only throwing 103 pitches in the contest. He earned his first selection after throwing 8.0 scoreless innings in an 8-1 win over Florida Atlantic on April 2.
In the final Atlantic Sun rankings, Frontz ranked seventh overall in innings pitched (89.1) and was seventh with a .253 opponent batting average during conference play.
In JU program history, Frontz becomes the 91st player to be drafted by the professional ranks, including nine that have reached the majors. RHP Nick Regilio of the Texas Rangers is the only former Dolphin to be on an active major league roster in 2005.