Hard-hitting third-year outfielder who will be the Tigers' starting rightfielder ... could also be used as the Tigers' designated hitter ... very good lefthanded hitter with excellent mechanics ... does a great job with pitch selection ... good outfielder with a strong throwing arm ... should be one of the Tigers' top run-producers .... has played for Youse's Orioles in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League the last two summers ... earned first team all-league honors in 2012 by batting .304 with 42 runs scored, four home runs and 24 runs batted in ... good student has been named to the Colonial Athletic Association Commissioners List twice.
2012 SEASON: Appeared in 54 games and started all of them ... saw action in the outfield and at designated hitter ... started at designated hitter 17 times ... started in right field in 37 games ... Tigers' third-leading hitter with a .301 batting average ... led Tigers with .464 on-base percentage ... also led the team with a .494 slugging percentage ... had seven doubles, six triples and five home runs with 33 runs batted in ... drew 40 walks to lead the Tigers ... ranked 34th in NCAA Division I with six triples ... had 13 multi-hit games, including one four-hit game and one three-hit game ... reached base in 24 consecutive games ... helped Tigers to season-opening win at The Citadel with two hits ... very hot hitter in the early season who was hitting .432 after 14 games ... went four-for-five with a double and a triple in 6-5 loss at Louisiana Lafayette in 11 innings ... tripled and scored two runs in win over Central Connecticut ... had two hits with a two-run home run in loss at Virginia Commonwealth ... blasted a three-run homer and had three hits against Buffalo ... helped Tigers to a three-game sweep over George Mason by batting .444 with six runs scored and three RBI's ... led Tigers to 11-3 win over the Patriots in second game of series with a two-run homer that went on to Towsontowne Blvd. ... batted .500 with four walks in three-game series at Delaware ... had two hits and scored twice in series opener against Old Dominion ... had a three-run triple at Elon ... batted .400 in three-game series at UNC Wilmington ... was hit by a pitch three times in one game, a 4-3 win over Hofstra ... was actually hit by three straight pitches in one at-bat by Joe Berg ... first pitch hit on the foot but umpire ruled it didn't ... second pitch hit on the shoulder but umpire ruled he leaned into it ... third pitch hit on the arm and he went to first base ... had three RBI's in series finale against Hofstra ... had huge single in tenth-inning rally that enabled Tigers to beat James Madison and earn a berth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament ... played very well in the CAA Tournament with four hits in five at bats (.800) ... also walked six times and was hit by a pitch once ... scored five runs in CAA Tournament with six RBI's ... reached base four times in tournament opener, a 12-inning loss to Delaware ... had an RBI single and scored twice in Tigers' 16-8 win over George Mason in CAA Tournament ... went two-for-two with four RBI's in loss to Virginia Commonwealth in CAA Tournament ... blasted a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo homer in the fourth ... scored three runs against VCU.
2011 SEASON: Appeared in 49 games and started 43 times ... saw action in the outfield and at designated hitter ... had eight multi-hit games ... Tigers' seventh-leading hitter with a .274 batting average ... seventh on team with 28 runs scored ... also had seven doubles with one triple and three home runs ... had 22 runs batted in ... overcame slow start to bat .310 in final 26 games ... batted .289 in Colonial Athletic Association games ... helped Tigers to a win at Wake Forest with a two-run double ... batted .333 with two RBI's to help Tigers win three-game series against UNC Wilmington ... hit .444 against Hofstra in three-game series ... had an RBI double and scored a run in win at Delaware State ... hit first career home run against Delaware ... doubled and scored a run in victory at Bucknell ... had two hits and drove in two runs against Delaware State in 21-9 victory ... helped Tigers win three-game series at George Mason by batting .429 with two home runs and four runs scored and four RBI's ... blasted solo home run in 12-4 victory at George Mason ... had two hits, scored three runs and had three RBI's in series finale, a 12-5 win over the Patriots ... led Tigers to three-game sweep over Virginia Commonwealth by hitting .500 with four runs scored ... had three hits in series opener, a 7-4 win over VCU ... belted a two-run triple as a pinch hitter at UMBC ... had an RBI double and scored two runs in series opener at James Madison ... had a seven-game hitting streak in May ... went two-for-two with a walk in 5-4 victory over William and Mary ... also had an RBI single in 5-4 loss to William and Mary.
BACKGROUND: Two-time All-MIAA outfielder at Cardinal Gibbons High School ... high school teammate of Tiger catcher Andrew Parker ... earned second team All-Metro notice as a senior ... batted .522 with five home runs in senior season ... finished career with a .455 batting average ... smashed ten homers in career ... earned All-State honors in 2010 ... selected to play in the Brooks Robinson All-Star Classic at Oriole Park at Camden Yards ... hit an inside-the-park homer in all-star game at Camden Yards ... led the Crusaders to a 16-14 record as a senior ... selected to play for Team Maryland ... also played soccer for the Crusaders ... honor roll student.
PERSONAL: Has one younger brother ... lists his brother, Justin, as person he admires most ... avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles ... devoted fan of the Baltimore Ravens ... favorite actor is Denzel Washington ... lists ESPN's Baseball Tonight as his favorite TV show ... father is a restaurant manager ... mother is a secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation ... son of Gary and Janine Fratantuono ... born on June 4, 1992 in Linthicum, Md. ... major is criminal justice.