Nick Frasso winds up for a pitch during a home game against Washington on Mar. 15, 2020. Frasso played two full seasons for the Lions and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays this past summer. 

After stellar freshman and sophomore campaigns, LMU baseball pitcher Nick Frasso is moving onto his professional career. This past summer, Frasso was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the fourth round of the MLB Draft and officially signed with the organization in early July. For Frasso, this is everything he hoped for and more.

“It means a lot to me,” he said. “This is something I have been striving for my entire life and to see it finally happen was definitely a good feeling.”

Upon arriving at LMU in the fall of 2017, Frasso immediately made a huge impact in his first season. The WCC all-freshman selection started eight games, struck out 30 hitters and recorded an ERA of 3.15. As a closer for the team, he finished with 36 strikeouts with just two runs scored.

Fast forward to the 2019 season, Frasso established himself, becoming to the Lions what Mariano Rivera was to the Yankees — the relied-upon, dominant closer. He led the team in saves with 10, ranking at third-best in the WCC, and finished with 73 strikeouts. Perhaps Frasso's greatest accomplishment came when he pitched a scoreless and hitless inning to clinch the WCC championship against Saint Mary's.

“It felt great to be on the mound with the WCC title on the line,” he said. “It was an honor and a moment I'll never forget, knowing that the work we put in the whole year paid off, while keeping our season alive.”

Frasso would have had the opportunity to prove himself even more if the baseball season wasn't canceled, but he was also out at the time recovering from an elbow injury. After being off so long, Frasso has fully healed and put any doubts to rest about his physical health moving forward.

“The elbow was a little bit sore at the time of the shutdown,” Frasso said. “But I was able to rest it after the season and it's feeling healthy and back to normal.”

Since that time, baseball has looked a lot different for the 6’5 pitcher. Having played spring through summer most of his life, Frasso admitted that it was tough getting used to not playing during the pandemic and that it was a major adjustment for him.

While the end of a chapter comes to a close for Frasso, he realizes it's a bittersweet farewell.

“I'm going to miss the baseball program and being on the field with my teammates,” he said. “What I'm going to miss most is all the relationships that I have made during my three years at LMU. So many memories here that I will hold on to for a long time.”

Frasso expects to start with his new team next spring, but for now, he's happy where he's at and excited to be a Blue Jay.

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