Brugman and Frankoff Make MLB Debuts

By Paul Stanfield / Vermont Lake Monsters | June 8, 2017 1:47 PM ET

BURLINGTON, VT --- 2011 Vermont pitcher Seth Frankoff and 2013 outfielder Jaycob Brugman have both been promoted from Triple-A to the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics, respectively, making them the 95th and 96th former Lake Monsters all-time to reach the Major Leagues all-time. They are also the 32nd and 33rd former Lake Monsters on an MLB roster this season.

Frankoff had his contract selected by the Cubs on Thursday, June 8th when Chicago placed pitcher Kyle Hendricks on the disabled list. Frankoff had been 1-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 11 appearances (nine starts) with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, allowing 37 hits with 15 walks and 59 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings. Frankoff is the first player from the 2011 Lake Monsters to reach the Major Leagues. 

Brugman joined the Athletics on Friday, June 9th after hitting .288 (38-for-132) with 16 runs, five doubles, one homer and 18 RBI in 33 games for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. After missing all of April while on the disabled list, Brugman hit safely in 23 of his 33 games played including 11 multi-hit games. 

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Frankoff went 6-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 14 games started for the 2011 Lake Monsters, including a 19 1/3 inning scoreless streak, allowing just eight hits with one walk and 22 strikeouts, over his final three starts to lead Vermont to its first division title since 1996. Overall, he allowed 54 hits with 27 walks and 63 strikeouts over 73 innings in those 14 starts.

Frankoff pitched in the Athletics organization from 2010-15, including 22 Triple-A appearances in 2014 and nine more in 2015. After being released by the A's, Frankoff went 4-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 28 outings for three different teams in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2016. He was signed on November 16, 2016 as a free agent by the Cubs. 

Video: Tulsa's Frankoff fans eight batters

Brugman hit .261 (43-for-165) with 13 runs, nine doubles, four triples, one homer and 23 RBI in 49 games for the Lake Monsters during the 2013 season after being selected in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Oakland Athletics out of Brigham Young University.

After hitting .280 (124-for-443) with 67 runs, 25 doubles, 21 homers and 72 RBI over 120 combined games for Single-A Beloit and Stockton in 2014, Brugman hit .260 (130-for-500) with 27 doubles, six homers and 63 RBI in 132 games for the 2015 Double-A Midland RockHounds. He then hit .285 (155-for-543) with 33 doubles, seven triples, 12 homers and 87 RBI in 132 combined games for Midland and Triple-A Nashville in 2016.

Video: Nashville's Brugman homers to right


Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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