East County Sports

NO BULL: Frank Ks 2 of 3 in Cal League ASG

TREVOR FRANK (second from left) and the rest of the Lake Elsinore all-star players.



By Ramon Scott



VISALIA – Former Valhalla High pitcher TREVOR FRANK, now of the Lake Elsinore Storm, struck out two of the three batters he faced and retired the side in order during an appearance in the fourth inning in the California League All-Star Game Tuesday night.

Frank was a roster addition to the Cal League South roster after another pair of Storm pitchers, including 2016 Padres first-round draft choice Cal Quantrill, weren’t going to be able to throw in the game after being used over the weekend.

Frank struck out the first batter he faced on three pitches, including a swinging strike three.

He coaxed the second batter he faced into a pop fly to third on a 0-1 pitch.

Then he retired the side with another swing and a miss on a 2-2 delivery.

Frank, 26, is 2-1 with four saves and a 2.30 ERA this season at Class A Lake Elsinore. He has struck out 30 and walked just four in 27 1/3 innings. He also has a strong FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) number.

Frank was acquired by the San Diego Padres in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft.

Frank, an All-East County first team selection in 2008 as a junior, was the eight-round selection by the Cleveland Indians in 2013 after competing for UC Riverside.

Frank missed most of the 2015 season with an elbow strain, but had 17 saves last season at High A Lynchburg, making 44 appearances in relief last season, finishing with a 2.47 ERA.

He struck out 43 while walking just 10, and holding opponents to a .191 batting average.

He has never pitched above Class A.

Frank, arguably the most effective closer in Valhalla history, was sidelined early in his senior season after a strong start.

He was a starter in his first three years at Riverside, but earned the team’s closer role in his senior season.

Frank was a member of the Norsemen’s 2006 CIF championship team. After a fast start in his senior season at Valhalla, the right-hander missed most of his final season with an injury.

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