With the exception of Josh Knoth’s dad Karl, nobody has perhaps had a closer view over the last decade of the young pitcher’s progress — from youth league star to 2023 MLB draftee — than Patchogue-Medford baseball coach Anthony Frascogna and Frascogna’s son Bryan.
Frascogna and Karl Knoth have coached Josh since he was in elementary school. Bryan meanwhile has served behind the plate as Knoth’s battery mate, catching his nasty breaking balls and perfect games.
On Monday — one day after Knoth was selected by Milwaukee as the 33rd overall pick in the 2023 MLB draft — Frascogna released a heartfelt video photo montage that documents Josh Knoth’s inspiring hardball journey.
Click below to view Frascogna’s 87-second TikTok video.
“It was just great to be a part of something so amazing,” Anthony Frascogna said of being with Knoth and his family, teammates and friends when Knoth’s pick was announced. “Just to be on hand for that life-changing event … indescribable, blessed.”
Knoth was virtually untouchable on the mound this spring, recording 109 strikeouts over 41 innings and allowing just five hits (all singles) and one run. He threw a perfect game with 19 strikeouts.
A two-time winner of the Carl Yastrzemski Award as Suffolk County’s most outstanding player, Knoth has previously committed to play college ball at Ole Miss. But the prospect of signing a lucrative contract makes it likely Knoth will be playing ball for a Brewers minor league affiliate before he turns 18 in August.
Top photo: Still (TikTok)