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Help from friends gives Frost bite

Fish shortstop playing like star thanks to teammates' advice

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What happens when the states of Wisconsin and Washington hook up?

The classic combination of cream and coffee is probably at the top of the list, but it's also a recipe for success for a young Goldeyes shortstop.

Sobieski, Wis., native Adam Frost was appointed the team's starting shortstop when Seattle-born Wes Long's ankle met the spikes of Schaumburg's Richard Mercado on June 30. Long broke his ankle on the play and has been sidelined since. Though Long isn't on the field, he's making his presence felt.

"Wes has been helping me out a lot. He's teaching me things and giving me pointers when I come back into the dugout," said Frost. "I've been playing shortstop most of my life, but there are little things that I still need to learn.

"I've got the talent to play the position. It's just that I've got to recognize some things and learn some more things about the game. I'm still fairly young, so I need any help that Wes gives me."

At 22, Frost is the youngest player on the team this season, and he appreciates the input from his more seasoned mates. Even though Seattle resident Long has been the most helpful to Frost, he said that all of his teammates have been giving him a hand.

"These guys are all teaching me things and giving me pointers on the side, so it's really helpful," said Frost. "I'm just becoming smarter about the game overall. These guys believe I have the talent to play, it's just whether I use it the right way.

"I'm being smarter on the basepaths and having a better approach at the plate. Just little things like that that these guys are telling me are really helping out."

Frost played in the Detroit Tigers system last season, but said that he's learned more in the Northern League.

"In affiliated ball, it's every man for himself," said Frost. "I've got guys here that have all been there before, most of them, and are helping me out on a one-to-one basis, where in affiliated ball, things are all on your own."

All the good advice has kicked in recently for Frost. Going into last night's game against Kansas City, he was on a seven-game hit streak, which boosted his average from .283 to .303.

"I'm just trying to get back in the flow of things, trying to be consistent," said Frost. "When everybody's consistent, that's how you win ball games. Consistently good, that is."

Goldeyes manager Rick Forney said that he likes how Frost has handled the increased responsibility. "He's been getting better with increased at-bats, and defensively, he's been doing a nice job as well," said Forney. "He's starting to get a bit more comfortable and starting to play every day.

"When you're comfortable, you're going to be a little more consistent."

daniel.falloon@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2009 D4

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