Player Profile: Vladimir Frias

Vladimir Frias is considered one of the best defensive shortstops in the American Association. (Photo by John Ellis.)
07/02/2015 7:34 AM -


Certain athletes find their passion within a sport at an early age. Kansas City T-Bones shortstop Vladimir Frias is no exception in that aspect.

Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Frias stressed how baseball had such a tremendous impact on his life. Growing up in a baseball family, including an uncle and a cousin who played professionally in the United States, made Frias believe that he was destined for the game.

“Baseball is in my roots,” he said.

Frias originally attended Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. The school’s baseball program counts Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and current and former major-league players Jose Bautista, Mat Gamel, Adam Loewen and Russell Martin among its alumni. Houston selected Frias in the 44th round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft, but he passed on the opportunity and transferred to Tennessee Wesleyan. Four years later, in 2008, San Francisco picked Frias in the 30th round.

Frias has played at every level professionally, except in the majors, for the San Francisco, Boston and Chicago Cubs organizations. (Incidentally, both Boston and Chicago purchased Frias’ contract from Gateway of the independent Frontier League.)

Baseball fans of all ages would mutually agree that watching a smooth-fielding shortstop is a thing of beauty. That’s certainly the case for T-Bones fans watching Frias, whose ability prompted his middle infield teammate, Ryan Cavan, to say, “From experience I know that he makes the extremely tough plays look routine.” Because of that, Frias is widely considered the best defensive shortstop in the American Association.

“I appreciate people speaking of me in that way,” said Frias. “I take a lot of pride in my game, and I want that to show. I have worked a lot on my hitting, because I want to be a complete player.”

The practice is paying off for Frias, who currently leads the T-Bones in home runs with five, and is second on the team with a .321 batting average.

Since joining the T-Bones before the 2014 season, Frias has worn uniform number 11. If he had his choice, though, there are a couple other numbers that he’d prefer.

“My first option would have to be the number seven. My favorite player in the MLB right now wears that number, Hanley Ramirez. I try to model my game after his,” Frias said. “The other would be the number two. Another one of my favorites in the game is Jose Reyes, so I would also want to represent him by wearing his jersey number.”

When looking to the future Frias makes it a point to take it one day at a time.

“You never know which day is going to be your last,” he said, “so you just need to do the best you can day in and day out.”

When that last day does come as a player, Frias plans on staying involved in the game he’s loved his whole life.

“Baseball is all I’ve ever known, so I can’t imagine not being around the field,” he said. “Whether it be coaching or other options, I can’t imagine staying away.”

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007