GREENSBORO, N.C. - Competing in his first full year as a member of the San Francisco Giants' minor league system, former UNCG baseball right-hander Matt Frisbee has been thriving since moving up to A-Advanced-level club San Jose this past April. The 15th round draft pick recently earned his team's Pitcher of the Year honor in September, and is one of the top right-handers currently playing in the minor league system.
Posting a 3.17 ERA over 22 appearances, Frisbee was one of San Jose's most consistent starters in 2019. The righty struck out a team-high 131 batters on the year, on the way to recording a WHIP of 1.07, and was a huge asset to his team's push toward the postseason in August. Frisbee went an impressive 5-1 in his final 10 appearances of the regular season, while holding onto a 1.64 ERA as the Giants clinched a spot in the California League North Division Finals.
"The last month of the season was really good for me," said Frisbee. "I would have to say all the hard work you put in during the offseason, and throughout the season, makes or breaks your last half of the season. You’re mentally and physically drained by June and July. Something that helped me was staying with what worked for me and sticking with that game plan every time I go out."
The 2018 Southern Conference pitcher of the Year, Frisbee turned in a 3.45 ERA in his final year as a Spartan, earning First Team All-Conference honors as a junior. The UNCG alum's 116 strikeouts in his final year of college baseball ranked third in the conference, while his 10 winning decisions stood 10th in the country.
"My time at UNCG was the best three years of my life," Frisbee explains. "The coaches brought me in and made me into the pitcher I am today and all of my success goes to them. What helped me the most at UNCG is how they believed in me each weekend to go out and give them the best chance to win."
After starting his pro career in short-A with Salem Keizer, Frisbee started off 2019 at full season Augusta for four appearances, before making the quick move up to A-Advanced. Recently ranked the No. 24 most promising prospect in the San Francisco Giants' organization by Fansided's "Around the Foghorn", Frisbee sits as one of the top-10 righties available in the Bay Area's minor league system, as he looks to take another stride towards the majors in 2020.
"Throughout these next couple of years, I want to be one step closer to fulfilling my dream each season," said Frisbee. "I know that I can pitch in the big leagues and I understand it’s going to be challenging. I just have to keep reminding myself that the time I’m in the minor leagues is all about development and getting better each day and producing for your team each year."
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