The Diamondbacks announced this afternoon that they’ve released right-hander Seth Frankoff. Frankoff had been on optional assignment to Triple-A Reno. The move clears a spot on Arizona’s 40-man roster.
Frankoff inked a minor league deal with the D-Backs over the offseason and was selected to the big league club in mid-May. The 32-year-old made four appearances (three starts) and tossed 14 2/3 innings of 9.20 ERA ball before landing on the injured list with forearm soreness. He’s worked 21 frames with Reno, posting an 8.14 ERA at the minors’ top level before being let go.
While Frankoff has seen MLB action in parts of three seasons, he’s only pitched a total of 19 1/3 innings at the big league level. Frankoff spent the 2018-19 seasons with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization, posting a 3.68 ERA with a fine 22% strikeout rate and a strong 7.6% walk percentage. That solid work overseas should get Frankoff a look from another club on a minor league deal despite his struggles this season.