The Arizona Diamondbacks have purchased the contract of All-Star shortstop Vladimir Frias, it was announced today.
He will report to the Jackson Generals of the Class AA Southern League.
Frias, 30, will be joining a Major League organization for the first time since 2013 when he played at the Class A level for the Boston Red Sox. He was originally signed in 2008 by the San Francisco Giants and also spent a brief amount of time with the Chicago Cubs system.
Over the past three seasons, the shortstop had played for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association. He batted a combined .279 there, including a peak of .331 in 2015.
With the Barnstormers, Frias was batting .277 with five homers and 30 RBI in 74 games. He added 12 stolen bases and was a part of a Lancaster infield that had turned 65 ground ball double plays. Frias and his sometimes double play partner, Garrett Weber, also turned one in the All-Star Game.
“Vlad has been great for us,” said manager Ross Peeples. “He has sparked us on both the offensive and defensive side.”
He becomes the ninth player and sixth position player to have his contract purchased from the Barnstormers by a Major League organization during the 2017 season and the sixth to join a National League West system.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]