Frank Catalanotto graduated from Smithtown East High School (NY) in 1992...Played baseball and soccer and ran track....Earned All-Long Island honors as a senior....Frank and his wife, Barbara, serve as honorary chairs of the Vascular Birthmark Foundation, which has provided
treatment to over 25,000 children.
Went to spring training with Texas...Released on April 6th and signed a minor
league contract with Milwaukee on May 12th....Appeared in three games for Huntsville (AA) of the Southern League before
his contract was purchased by Milwaukee on May 25th....Made 32 starts for the Brewers: 29 in rightfield and three in leftfield....Hit .293 (39-133) vs. righthanded pitching....Batted .300 (9-30) in 20 games in July and .296 (16-54) in 22 games in August....For the year, he had 10 multi-hit games: nine contests with two hits and one
contest with three hits, September 2nd at St. Louis....Played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic and hit .300 (3-10) in three
Fashioned a .350 (7-20) batting
average as a pinch-hitter, first in
the American League and seventh
in the majors (minimum 20 atbats)...
Finished second in the AL
with his seven pinch hits (Wilson
Betemit had eight with the
Yankees)....Batted .357 (35-70) in the seventh
inning or later....Made 25 starts at first base, 20 in
leftfield and 18 as the Designated
Hitter....Hit .365 (19-52) in May.
Hit four leadoff home runs during
the year, the last one came on
September 19th at Minnesota (off
Matt Garza)....Was hit by a pitch a career-high 11
times....Was on the 15-Day Disabled List
from May 1st-May 27th, with right
biceps tendinitis....Collected his 1,000th career hit on
September 22nd vs. Baltimore, a
single off Radhames Liz.
Established career highs with 36 doubles and 52 walks. ... In 128 games, hit .300 with seven home runs and 56 RBIs. ... Posted a .306 average against right-handed pitchers. ... Had 10 assists and just one error in 102 games in the outfield.
Appeared in 130 games, batting .301 with
eight home runs... Collected 59 RBI, matching his career
best established in 2003 with the Blue Jays... SOME
RECOGNITION: Became the first Blue Jay to win the AL
Player of the Week Award twice in the same season since
Carlos Delgado in 2000... Won the award for the first time in
his career on July 25th after batting .565 with one home run,
nine RBI and five multi-hit games... Won again on Oct. 2 after
batting .500 over the final week of the season, leading
the league with 15 hits, 15 RBI, 29 total bases and a .967
slugging percentage... A HOT MAY: Batted .340 in 14
games in May, his highest monthly average of the season...
Placed on the bereavement list on May 24, returning to the
lineup on May 30... Collected a season high four hits, June 3
at Oakland, including a solo homer... June 5 at Oakland,
collected the 700th hit of his Major League career... Drove in
19 runs and scored 16 times in 24 games in July, setting
monthly highs in both categories... Hit safely in 11 straight
games between July 16-27... Batted .528 over that stretch
(19-36)... Scored his 400th career run, September 22nd
against Seattle... Matched his season high with four hits on
September 27 at Boston... The following night came up a
single shy of hitting for the cycle, collecting nine total
bases... DRIVING THEM HOME: Drove in three runs in four
consecutive games between September 28 and October
1... Had eight extra-base hits over his final six games of the
season... VS. SOUTHPAWS: Saw limited action against
left-handed pitchers, amassing just 31 at bats, but hit .290...
Hit his second career home run off a left-handed pitcher taking
Milwaukee's Chris Capuano deep on June 19... Batted
.302 against right-handed pitchers... Hit .301 with three
home runs at Rogers Centre... Batted .300 with five home
runs on the road... Batted .409 with runners in scoring position,
including a .359 average with two out.
Played in just 75 games and batted .293
with 21 extra-base hits and 26 RBI... Started the season on a
nine game hit streak (12-38) for a .316 mark... May 1 at CWS
in game 2 of a doubleheader became the first Blue Jay in
franchise history and the 91st player since 1900 to record
six hits (6-6) in a game, a new career high... Was the
first player to record six hits in a game since Garciaparra
(BOS) on June 21, 2003 at PHI (13.0)... Was first to do so in
9.0 inning game since Green (LA) on May 23, 2002 at MIL...
May 9 vs. CWS hit his only home run of the season (1R off
Loaiza)... May 13 vs. BOS had four hits and tied career
highs with three doubles and four RBI... For the month of
May batted .426 with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBI in 18
games... DL STINTS: Had three stints on the disabled list
and missed a combined 81 games... While on the DL the
Blue Jays were 36-45... Was first on the DL from May 26
(retro to May 20) through June 7 (right groin)... Was batting
.346 with a home run and 21 RBI when first placed on the
DL... Played in just eight games before being placed back
on the DL for a second time on June 22 (retro to June 18)
with the same groin injury (tear in his right external oblique
fascia)... Would remain on the DL through July 19... Played
in 28 games and batted .226 with three doubles and three
RBI before being placed back on the DL for the third time
(right external oblique fascia)... Would remain on the DL
through the remainder of the season... Aug. 26 had successful
surgery to repair the groin injury (right external
oblique fascia)... On the season batted .227 vs. LH, while
batting .307 vs. RH... At SkyDome batted .246, while on the
road hit .339... Favourite slot in the order was batting number
two where he hit .346 with 18 RBI (153 AB)... Sept. 13
signed a two-year contract.
Batted .299 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 133 games ... 13 home runs and 59 RBI were both career highs ... 133 games played matched career high from 2001 with Texas ... Also scored a career high 83 runs ... Was 6th in the AL with a .344 average with RISP ... May 29 vs. CWS recorded 500th career hit ... Also was 6th with a .366 mark with RISP and two outs ... Batted leadoff in 12 games and hit .300 with a pair of home runs, while posting a .429 OBP ... Aug. 12 at SEA led off the game with a home run off Freddy Garcia ... Sept. 7 vs. DET led off the game with a home run vs. Chris Mears, 5th career leadoff home run ... In that game also hit a home run in the 3rd inning, 2nd career multi-homer game ... Spent most of the season in the number 2 slot in the order where he batted .309 (398 at bats) with 10 home runs and a .350 OBP ... In August batted .421 (51AB) in 19 games ... Had two 4-hit games and tied career high with five hits on July 9 vs. BOS ... Tied career high scoring four runs on June 1 vs. BOS and again on Sept. 7 vs. DET ... Has scored four runs in a game three times in his career ... Batted .318 vs. right-handed pitching which was 6th in the AL, while posting a .368 OBP ... 421 of his 489 at bats came vs. RHP ... Batted .176 vs. southpaws ... Hit one home run vs. LHP, first of his career on May 30 vs. BOS off Matt White ... Off the bench this season batted .214 (3-14) with one walk and three RBI ... Hit a pinch hit bases loaded triple on May 17 at KC in a 7-4 Blue Jays win ... Made 115 starts, 55 in left field, 40 in right field, two at first base and 18 as the designated hitter ... Was 2nd on the team with four outfield assists.
Strong Start: Batted .343 in the first month of the season ... Had 34 hits at the end of April, 2nd on the team ... In May had a season high 21 RBI for the month ... Hit in a season high 10 straight games from April 26-May 8 ... During the streak batted .417 (20-48) ... Prior to the All-Star break batted .307 with a .345 OBP ... After the break batted .279, however posted a high OBP at .365 ... Hit 29 doubles before the break, while hitting five post ASB ... Overall 34 doubles were a career high.
Career Notes: Is a lifetime .301 hitter at SkyDome ... Career as a pinch-hitter is 36-131 (.275) with two home runs and 21 RBI.
Batted .269 in 68 games with three home
runs and 23 RBI ... Had two stints on the disabled list, May
11-June 28 with strained right groin and lower back pain...
Included rehabilitation assignment at Tulsa from June
24-28 ... Second stint on the DL was from August 17 through
the remainder of the season after being hit by a pitch on August 16 by Toronto's Mark Hendrickson ... Batted .234
(11-47) in first 17 games after coming off first stint on the
DL ... In the next 22 games batted .311 (19-61) before going
back on the DL for the remainder of the season ... Hit in a
season high five straight from August 9-16 (7-17) ... Was 2-9
(.222) as a pinch-hitter ... Batted .206 (7-34) as the designated
hitter ... Hit third career leadoff home run on July 24 at
Seattle ... Tied for the team lead with nine stolen bases and
was second with six triples ... Started 19 games in left field,
15 at second base, nine at first base and eight as the designated
hitter ... In 26 games in the outfield posted a .971 fielding
percentage (1E, 35TC) ... At second base committed
one error in 72 total chance (.986) and at third base made
one error in 24 chances (.958) for a mark.
Frank led the Rangers and finished 5th in the American League with a .330 batting average, the 5th highest figure in club history. He topped the team with 5 triples and was 2nd with a .391 on-base percentage, 10th best in the A.L. Frank ranked 3rd on the Rangers in runs (77-tied), hits (153), doubles (31), and stolen bases (15) and was 4th in games (133) and at bats (463), establishing career highs for average, games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, rbi (54), walks (39), and steals and tied homer best (11). Frank started 72 games in left, 14 in right, 11 at 2nd base, 6 at 3rd base, and 4 as the designated hitter, matching Randy Velarde for the most different starting positions on the club.
Was just 2-11 in his 1st 8 games before hitting .333 (18-54) in next 18 contests to improve to .308 on May 12...Posted a .256 (10-39) average in next 16 games to drop to .288 on June 4...Was hitting .293 through July 25 before batting .374 (80-214) in his final 54 contests...Produced a .424 (67-158) mark in the 1st 40 games of that stretch and was at .344 on Sept. 18...Led the majors with a .431 (47-109) average in August, 5th highest for any month in team history (see chart on page xx)...Tied Mickey Rivers (August, 1980) for most hits by a Ranger in one month...Hit .232 (13-56) in final 14 games, going hitless in season's last 13 trips.
Recorded enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title for the 1st time on Sept. 7 and ranked 2nd in the A.L. at that time...Reached a high of .348 on Aug. 24...Ranked 4th in the A.L. in batting average at home at .345 (77-223), versus righthanded pitchers at .331 (138-417), and in day games at .357 (40-112)...Was 9th in the league in average on the road at .317 (76-240), against lefthanders at .326 (15-46), and in night games at .322 (113-351)...Hit .318 (34-107) with runners in scoring position...Had a .337 (112-352) average in 76 games as the Rangers' leadoff batter and compiled the majors' best leadoff on-base percentage at .398 (146-367)...Hit in a career best 13 straight games, Aug. 15-28, the Rangers' longest hitting streak in 2001...Had 4 hits on 4 occasions: June 9 at Houston, July 18 vs. Baltimore, Aug. 9 vs. Detroit, and Sept. 2 at Kansas City.
Had made just one defensive appearance in the outfield in major league career prior to 2001 with 1st start coming in right on May 7...Posted a .995 (1 e/190 tc) fielding percentage in 92 total games in the outfield with no errors in last 53 games after lone miscue on July 24...Was 5th best percentage among all A.L. outfielders with at least 90 games played...Had 3rd highest range factor (putouts and assists per 9 innings) of any regular major league left fielder at 2.36 behind Detroit's Bobby Higginson (2.45) and Minnesota's Jacque Jones (2.38)...Had a .953 (2 e/43 tc) figure in 13 games at 2nd base, a .958 (1 e/24 tc) mark in 11 games at 3rd base, and handled 8 chances without an error in 5 games at 1st base.
Started just one of the Rangers' 1st 17 games through April 19 before being in the lineup for 132 of the final 145 contests...Was the Rangers Player of the Month for July...Tied a club record with 9 at bats, Aug. 25 vs. Boston...Was ejected by Bruce Froemming on Sept. 25 against Seattle...Was 8-18 (.444) as the dh.
2001 AND MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER
In 2001, hit .316 (6-19) with 4 rbi as a pinch-hitter, the A.L.'s 2nd best average among players with 16 or more pinch at bats behind Toronto's Tony Fernandez at .381 (16-42)...Tied for league lead in pinch walks (5)...Has a career pinch-hit average of .296 (32-108) with 2 homers and 17 rbi.
In 2000, batted .357 (10-28) with 4 rbi, league's 4th highest pinch average (20 or more ab)...Tied for 2nd in the league in pinch hits (10), the most by a Ranger since 1990 and matching the 3rd highest total in club history (see chart on page 47)...Ranked among the A.L. pinch-hit leaders in doubles (1st, 4), total bases (3rd, 14), hits (T3rd, 7), average (4th, .292), rbi (4th, 6), and at bats (6th, 24) with Detroit in 1999...Hit 2nd career pinch homer to win game in 10th inning, June 13 at St. Louis...Topped league in at bats (32) and was 2nd in hits (8) by a pinch-hitter in 1998.
Batted .300 or better against 13 of the 18 teams faced in 2001, led by Detroit at .440 (11-25) and Baltimore at .433 (13-30)...Has gone 9-23 (.391) versus Cleveland in each of last 2 seasons...Snapped 0-14 span versus Oakland since start of 2000 with single on April 19...Has a .412 (14-34) career average at the Metrodome.
Made 34 starts at 2nd base, 20 as the designated hitter, and 12 at
1st base...Was disabled from April 22-May 15 with strained right
groin muscle...Set club records with 10 straight hits and 13
consecutive times reaching base, April 21-May 18:
April 21 vs. Minnesota: 3-3 with 2 walks (went on d.l. from
April 22-May 15)
May 16 vs. Tampa Bay: walk
May 17 vs. Tampa Bay: 5-5 (ties club record for hits; career
May 18 vs. Baltimore: 2-2 before ground out in 4th
Was hitting .364 on Aug. 13 before producing .206 (27-131)
mark in final 40 contests...Started just 22 of 1st 100 games before
being in the lineup for 44 of final 62 contests beginning July
28...Did not start the last 4 games of year due to a bruised right
forearm...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on Oct. 31 to remove bone
chips from right wrist.
Frank appeared in a career-high 100 games for Detroit, setting
career bests in runs scored (41), hits (79), doubles (19), home runs
(11), rbi (35) and walks (15). He started 61 games in the field: 24
at first base, 20 at second base and 17 at third base while also
making 7 starts at dh. Frank was among the American League's most
productive pinch-hitters...Batted .367 with 11 hits in 13 games
during April...Doubled in 5 straight games, April 25-May
2...Recorded 1st career 2-home run game on May 21 at
Cleveland...Compiled a career-best 7-game hitting streak, July 23-
31, with a .360 (9-25) average...Hit .358 (19-53) in July...Had a 6-
game hitting streak, Aug. 13-29, at .375 (9-24)...Batted .297 (27-
91) in final 30 games...Hit .338 on the road (44-130), best on the
Tigers, with 5 home runs and 19 rbi...Had .310 (26-84) average in
day games and .396 (19-48) mark on artificial turf, both highest for
any Detroit player with at least 40 at-bats...All 11 home runs and
34 of 35 rbi came against righthanded pitchers...Pre-all-star break
average of .277 (49-177) tied Tony Clark for best among Tigers with
40-or-more games...Went 5-28 in 9 games/7 starts at dh...Led the
Tigers and ranked 6th in the American League with 24 pinch at-
bats...Tied for 3rd in the A.L. with 7 pinch hits and was 1st with 4
pinch-hit doubles...Batted .292, the 4th-highest in the A.L. among
players with at least 20 pinch at-bats...6 pinch-hit rbi tied for
4th in the A.L. while 14 total bases pinch-hitting ranked 3rd...Had
2nd career pinch-hit home run on June 13 at St. Louis, a 10th-inning
Finished 1st in the A.L. in pinch at bats (32) and was 2nd in pinch
hits (8)...Had a .250 (8-32) pinch average, including a home run and
3 rbi...Was 5th in the A.L. with a .316 average (6-19) on 0-2
counts...Began the year on Detroit's roster, hitting .246 with 2
homers and 11 rbi in 1st stint with the club...Belted 1st career
major league home run on May 10 at Anaheim off Ken Hill...Started 5
of 6 games at 1st base, May 29-June 3...Was optioned to Toledo on
June 15...Hit .333 with 4 homers and 28 rbi in 28 games for Toledo,
including a .373 mark for July...Was on the dl, June 18-25, with a
left hamstring strain...Hit for the cycle on July 19 vs.
Buffalo...Was recalled from Toledo on July 23...Hit .299 (43-144)
following return, finishing 2nd to Tony Clark for the highest
batting average on the Tigers after the all-star break...Started 26
of Detroit's final 48 games...Had 3 doubles on Aug. 25 at Texas, one
shy of the Tigers' single-game record.
Was selected by Oakland from the Tigers in the 1996 Rule V draft on
Dec. 9, 1996, but was returned to Detroit on March 21, 1997...Was
named to the International League's mid-season and post-season all-
star teams, earning MVP honors in the IL all-star game...Finished
1st on the Mud Hens in average (.300), hits (150), runs (75) and
doubles (32)...Ranked 2nd on the club in rbi (68) and was 3rd in
home runs (16)...Ranked 4th in the league in hits...Finished with
the highest fielding percentage (.984) among IL second basemen...Was
recalled to Detroit on Sept. 2...Appeared in 13 games with the
Tigers, including 6 starts at 2nd base...Had 1st big league hit
(single) and rbi on Sept. 9 against the Rangers' Rick Helling at
Detroit...Posted 1st career 3-hit game on Sept. 14 at
Oakland...Played 3rd base in the Arizona Fall League before
suffering a shoulder injury...Underwent arthroscopic surgery on his
right shoulder on Nov. 5, performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Led Jacksonville to the Southern League title...Finished 2nd in the
league in runs (105), was 3rd in hits (148), tied for 4th in doubles
(34) and ranked 8th in batting (.298)...Reached professional career-
highs in home runs (17), walks (74) and stolen bases (15)...Finished
1st among Southern League 2nd basemen in total chances (689),
assists (421), errors (22) and double plays (99) with a .968
fielding percentage...Was 5-5 with 4 runs, on May 20 vs. Orlando.
Playing with Jacksonville in 1995, led Southern League second
basemen in fielding percentage (.974), assists (411), double plays
(98) and total chances (681)...Was 1st on the team in games (134),
2nd in at-bats (491) and triples (5), tied for 2nd in runs (66) and
3rd in hits (111) and stolen bases (13).
Led the Tigers organization in batting (.325) and hits (149) in 1994 at
Fayetteville...Won the South Atlantic League batting title, 19
points higher than any other player in the league...Finished 4th in
the league in hits and was the 5th most-difficult hitter to
strikeout (one per every 9.3 plate appearances)...Was named to the
SAL post-season all-star team...Was 2nd on team in runs (72),
doubles (24) and triples (8) and was 4th in rbi (56).
Ranked 9th in the Appalachian League in batting (.307) for Bristol in 1993.