Edwardsville's Opel signs with White Sox

News-DemocratJuly 3, 2013 

Former Edwardsville High and University of Missouri baseball standout Dane Opel has signed with the Chicago White Sox as a free agent.

Opel will be assigned to a Class A club.

"I'm not sure where this will take him, but it's interesting to have an opportunity and we'll see what transpires," Edwardsville coach Tim Funkhouser said Wednesday.

In other Edwardsville alumni baseball news, Funkhouser said former Edwardsville star outfielder Evan Frey asked for his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks and has signed with the Class AAA Durham Bulls.

Durham is the Class AAA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and also has been the home of former Highland High pitching ace Jake Odorizzi for much of this season.

Opel was drafted out of high school by the Washington Nationals, but didn't sign and chose to play at Missouri.

The former Belleville News-Democrat Player of the Year led the Tigers with a .292 average this spring, collecting four doubles, four triples, three home runs and 28 RBIs. Opel also led the nation with 15 outfield assists, setting a new school record.

Seven of the 15 runner he threw out were erased at home plate. The play where he robbed Texas A&M's Troy Stein of a home run with a leaping grab at the wall wound up being an ESPN Sportscenter Top Play.

Funkhouser said Frey had been asked to go from Class AAA to Class AA by the Diamondbacks, prompting him to ask for his release.

Frey, who turned 27 earlier this month, was hitting .282 in 61 games with the Diamondbacks Class AAA Reno club in the Pacific Coast League with five doubles, two triples and eight RBIs.

Through three games at Durham, Frey is 1-for-7 (.143). Frey was Arizona's 10th round pick in 2007 out of the University of Missouri.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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