The Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today have announced the re-signing of shortstop Vladimir Frias for the upcoming 2022 season.
“Vladimir has been an important part of our infield over the past two seasons,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He is a good hitter, covers a lot of ground as a shortstop and wants to win another championship with the Ducks.”
Frias played 86 games with the Ducks in 2021 after rejoining the team in July. He went on to post career-high totals in home runs (10), RBI (60), runs scored (72), hits (102), doubles (21) and total bases (159). The switch-hitter finished the year with a .286/.360/.445 slash line and added 19 stolen bases in 23 attempts. He then suited up in all seven of Long Island’s postseason tilts, leading the club in hits (11) and doubles (3) while batting .333 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Frias, 35, first became a part of the Ducks in 2019. He played a career-best 128 contests and stole a career-high 28 bases while totaling eight homers, 34 RBI, 53 runs, 99 hits, 16 doubles and four triples. He then hit .267 and scored six runs in eight playoff games, helping Long Island capture the Atlantic League crown.
Prior to joining the Ducks, the Dominican Republic native earned back-to-back ALPB All-Star Game selections with the Lancaster Barnstormers (2017-18). He has previous experience in the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations, reaching Triple-A with the Giants and Diamondbacks.
He also spent two seasons with the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League (2012-13) and three with the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association (2014-16). The Giants originally plucked Frias in the 30th round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft.
Frias said he is thrilled to back on Long Island with the Ducks and is chomping at the bit to claim another title.
“I’m beyond excited to return to the Ducks for another season,” Frias said. “I love playing for this organization and this city and am looking forward to winning another championship.”
— Jerry Del Priore
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