June 5, 2012
CONWAY - Coastal Carolina catcher Tucker Frawleywas selected in the eighth round (265th overall - 16th pick of the eighth round) by the Toronto Blue Jays of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Frawley (Lexington, S.C.) is the second Chanticleer taken in the 2012 draft, joining fourth-round pick Josh Conway, and the 11th Coastal Carolina player to be drafted in the top 10 rounds over the last five years.
Frawley had an impressive senior year, both on and off the field. He was named first team All-Big South and was one of 12 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, which annually goes to the nation's top catcher. Off the field, Frawley was a first team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America and 2012 Big South Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He graduated magna cum laude with a 3.94 GPA in physics.
Frawley batted a career-high .296 this season and was an "Iron Man" behind the plate, catching 503 of the team's 560 innings or 89.9 percent. While his batting average dipped below .300 at the end of the season, he reached base safely (hit/walk/hit by pitch) in 52 of the 60 games he played to have an impressive .411 on base percentage. In addition, he handled a pitching staff that led the NCAA in ERA most of the season. He threw out an impressive 49 percent (25-of-51) of opponent base runners this season and added seven pick offs. For his career, Frawley threw out 40.6 percent (41-of-101) of his base runners. However, from midway through his junior season, Frawley ended his career by throwing out 36 of his last 71 (50.7) of his base runners.
For the year, Frawley scored 25 runs, hit eight doubles and one home run, drove in 27, walked 33 times and committed only four errors in 431 chances. For his career, Frawley batted .275 with a .378 on-base percentage with only nine errors in 854 chances.
Coastal in the MLB Draft
1977 Joe Stethers LHP 13th Rd (324) Chicago Cubs
1979 Larry Raskin C 4th Rd (99) Cincinnati Reds Mike Barba RHP 7th Rd (170) San Diego Padres
1980 Tom Romano OF 17th Rd (431) Kansas City Royals Steven Smith RHP 21st Rd (521) Toronto Blue Jays
1981 Bruce Franklin 2B 29th Rd (725) Detroit Tigers
1982 Mickey Brantley OF 8th Rd (207) Cincinnati Reds
1983 Mickey Brantley OF 2nd Rd (35) Seattle Mariners John Rigos OF 3rd Rd (78) St. Louis Cardinals Gary Tremblay C 6th Rd (151) Boston Red Sox Brian Aviles RHP 18th Rd (464) Atlanta Braves Mark Clemons RHP 19th Rd (479) Toronto Blue Jays Frank Talotta 2B 20th Rd (503) Houston Astros
1985 Lawrence Brady OF 29th Rd (730) Pittsburgh Pirates
1986 Kirt Manwaring C 2nd Rd (35) San Francisco Giants Art Smith OF 31st Rd (749) Atlanta Braves
1988 Mike Fortuna OF 40th Rd (1030) Pittsburgh Pirates
1989 Matt Logue RHP 46th Rd (1191) Detroit Tigers
1990 Tony Spires SS 20th Rd (553) San Francisco Giants
1995 John Canetto 3B 25th Rd (685) Pittsburgh Pirates
1997 Mack Haman OF 13th Rd (405) Baltimore Orioles
1998 Damien Hart LHP 13th Rd (380) Cincinnati Reds Dorian Cameron SS 44th Rd (1321) San Francisco Giants
1999 Kevin SchnallC 25th Rd (758) Cincinnati Reds
2000 Rett Johnson RHP 8th Rd (236) Seattle Mariners Scott Sturkie RHP 28th Rd (828) Detroit Tigers
2001 Scott Sturkie RHP 12th Rd (367) Cleveland Indians
2002 Adam Kiem SS 12th Rd (348) Kansas City Royals Randy McGarvey, Jr. C 26th Rd (791) Houston Astros Justin Owens OF 34th Rd (1016) Toronto Blue Jays
2003 Brandon Powell 2B 8th Rd (222) Kansas City Royals Justin Sturge LHP 12th Rd (354) Boston Red Sox Ryan McGraw OF 39th Rd (1151) San Diego Padres
2004 Brett Grandstrand 2B 13th Rd (382) Pittsburgh Pirates Steven Carter RHP 26th Rd (787) Oakland Athletics
2005 Mike Costanzo 3B 2nd Rd (65) Philadelphia Phillies Michael DeJesus 2B 15th Rd (452) Cincinnati Reds Byron Binda RHP 19th Rd (567) Colorado Rockies Ricky Shefka RHP 20th Rd (594) Washington Nationals Jacob Hurry LHP 25th Rd (764) Houston Astros Chris Todd2B 33rd Rd (1002) San Francisco Giants
2006 Mike FuentesC 29th Rd (877) Philadelphia Phillies
2007 John Mariotti RHP 18th Rd (549) Baltimore Orioles Andy DeLaGarza LHP 18th Rd (554) San Francisco Giants Pete Andrelczyk RHP 32nd Rd (968) Baltimore Orioles Dom Duggan OF 32nd Rd (973) San Francisco Giants Austin Hinkle RHP 41st Rd (1218) Tampa Bay Rays Chris Raber 1B 42nd Rd (1269) New York Yankees Dock DoyleC 44th Rd (1309) Atlanta Braves
2008 Pete Andrelczyk RHP 5th Rd (148) Florida Marlins Dock Doyle C 5th Rd (164) New York Mets David Sappelt OF 9th Rd (269) Cincinnati Reds Tommy Baldridge OF 33rd Rd (1010) New York Yankees Jeff RichardRHP 38th Rd (1150) Atlanta Braves
2010 Cody Wheeler LHP 5th Rd (151) Arizona Diamondbacks Rico Noel CF 5th Rd (154) San Diego Padres Scott Woodward 3B 15th Rd (455) Oakland Athletics Austin Fleet RHP 16th Rd (498) San Francisco Giants Chance Gilmore OF 25th Rd (772) Los Angeles Dodgers Keith Hessler LHP 28th Rd (841) Arizona Diamondbacks Jim BirminghamLHP 33rd Rd (1008) San Francisco Giants
2011 Anthony Meo RHP 2nd Rd (63) Arizona Diamondbacks Scott Woodward 3B/OF 7th Rd (224) Los Angeles Dodgers Tommy La Stella 2B 8th Rd (266) Atlanta Braves Taylor Motter SS 17th Rd (540) Tampa Bay Rays Daniel BowmanRF 38th Rd (1165) Cincinnati Reds