Seth Frankoff pitched a scoreless eighth inning at San Francisco for the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 8. San Francisco went on to win the game 6-5, but it was a moral victory for Frankoff. The pitching appearance was the first major league baseball action for Frankoff since he pitched for the Chicago Cubs in 2017. The 32-year-old Frankoff’s story is an example of hard work and perseverance.
Frankoff played his high school baseball at Apex High School and collegiately at UNC-Wilmington. He met Cerro Gordo’s Bess Hammond in the summer of 2006 prior to his freshman year. Hammond may not have been a pitcher herself, but she was definitely able to recognize good pitching genes. Her father Shayne, pitched in the Dodgers farm system and her brother Fielding pitched in college. Frankoff and Hammond were married in January of 2012.
Frankoff was drafted in the 27th round by Oakland in 2010 after his senior season at UNC-W. After seven seasons in the minors, Frankoff made his major league debut with the Cubs on June 9, 2017. Frankoff pitched for the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2018 and 2019. He signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres in February 2020.
Frankoff elected free agency on July 14.
Seattle signed him to minor league contract August 11. Frankoff was called up to the Mariners’ active roster August 30.
Frankoff worked out with several Columbus County baseball players during the spring and early summer of 2020. San Diego Padres fifth-round draft choice Jagger Haynes and the Cleveland Indians Trey Benton (recovering from Tommy John surgery) were two of his workout partners. UNC-Wilmington pitchers Cole and Cody Benton also participated.