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High school baseball big schools player of the year: Tyler Frost

Tyler Frost is one of those “quiet leaders.”

The Phoenix Greenway senior admits he’ll never be the loudest one on the baseball field, preferring to let his play do the talking.

And boy, did it talk this season.

Frost had an exemplary year at the plate, on the mound and in the field, and for his efforts he has been named azcentral sports’ 2014 Big Schools Player of the Year.

Frost’s hitting statistics were plenty impressive on their own – a .406 average, seven home runs and 42 RBIs, all coming out of the leadoff spot – but it’s his pitching numbers that really catch your eye.

He posted a microscopic 0.26 ERA – the lowest of any pitcher in the state – and struck out 92 batters in 80 innings, leading Greenway to the Division II championship.

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“The numbers speak for themselves,” coach Matt Denny said. “A lot of times, you’ll see numbers like that and think, ‘Well, who’d he pitch against?’ But he pitched against (Division I champion Chandler) Hamilton, he pitched against teams in the (Hard 9) National Classic (tournament in California).

“He had a pretty tough schedule – the toughest schedule I’ve seen since I’ve been at Greenway. To do what he did against any schedule is incredible, let alone a schedule like that.”

Just for good measure, Frost was nearly flawless defensively, as well, making just one error in 59 chances while manning a prime defensive position in center field when he wasn’t on the mound.

To understand what made Frost so dominant – particularly as a pitcher – it helps to try to do what so many opposing hitters couldn’t this season – get in his head.

The right-hander said he has made great strides in maintaining his composure from earlier in his career, and is able to keep a steely concentration when he’s on the rubber.

“I almost play with anger,” Frost said, “to where I shut everything out and I’m just focusing on every pitch, every batter. It doesn’t leave my mind. I don’t let off at all.”

Frost now takes that focus – and his ample talents – to Gonzaga, where he hopes to make an immediate impact in any way possible.

“I’m really looking forward to playing some college ball against some even more competitive players,” Frost said. “It’s going to be a lot tougher than high school, but I like a challenge.”

He may get a challenge, but it’s a good bet his game won’t be quieted any time soon.

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