June 2, 2017
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University rising junior shortstop Tyler Frank has been extended an invitation to attend the upcoming USA Baseball tryout camp for the 2017 Collegiate National Team, to be held later this month in Cary, North Carolina.
Frank, who had a breakthrough sophomore campaign for the Owls, will be part of a group of non-draft-eligible collegians that will train at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary and will compete in games against teams from the Coastal Plains League from June 20-25. The announcement for those that make the final, 24-man National Team roster will be publicized on June 26, and the team will go on to play in international friendship series against Chinese Taipei and Cuba.
"It is an awesome opportunity and honor to get invited," said Frank. "It has always been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to wear `USA' across my chest. I just hope to make my family, teammates and coaches proud."
The Loxahatchee, Florida, native started and played every single inning at shortstop for FAU in 2017, batting leadoff for the first 49 games before moving into the No. 3 spot for the final eight. He was the team's leading hitter at .336, finishing second in home runs (11) and third in RBI (43). Frank was also the Owls' leader in runs (54), hits (79), doubles (15), total bases (127), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.448), while ranking second in slugging percentage (.540) and stolen bases (six). His 13 games with multiple RBI tied for the team best, and he had the Owls' most multi-hit games with 21, twice totaling five in a contest.
For his achievements, Frank earned First Team All-Conference USA honors, and finished the season tied for fifth in C-USA in OBP, tied for third in walks and tied for ninth in home runs. He was also 12th in hits, 12th in total bases and 13th in runs scored.
Frank becomes the second Team USA invitee in FAU history, joining former reliever (and future Major Leaguer) Mickey Storey. He earned a tryout following his freshman season in 2005, and would eventually go on to play in the big leagues with the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.
Once again, the 2017 Collegiate National Team, playing under manager John Savage from UCLA, will be selected on June 26. Games against Chinese Taipei and Cuba can be viewed live on the organization's official website, USABaseball.com. Fans can also follow @USABaseball and @USABaseballCNT on Twitter for all of the latest news on USA Baseball and the Collegiate National Team.