Frank Duncan'10, who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, led nearly 300 players across the organization in community service hours while having a standout season on the diamond.
After doing a bit of everything on the field this year, Frank Duncan '10, who plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis, was recognized for his work beyond the ballpark. For the second straight year, the right-handed pitcher received his team's Community Commitment Award in an on-field ceremony at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
"It doesn't surprise me in the least," says Charley Johnson, Athletics Director at Stuart Hall. "Frank was always a kid with a big heart."
The award, which is given to one honoree from every affiliate in the Pirates farm system, recognizes players who are dedicated to serving their communities. Last season, Frank was the recipient for the Pirates High-A team in Bradenton, Florida, where he cared for animals at the humane society, organized fundraisers for Meals on Wheels and spent time with children at a special needs camp, a local school and bedside at a hospital.
When Frank was promoted to Triple-A in May, he found new service opportunities in Indianapolis, continuing his commitment to be the person who best represents his team in the community. Frank led nearly 300 players across the organization in service hours this year.
Frank also enjoyed a standout year on the mound. The 24-year-old allowed one hit in six scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut, and pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the all-star game. He was one of the International League's most effective pitchers, throwing 23.3 consecutive shutout innings while establishing career highs in wins (9) and ERA (2.34).
Stuart Hall teachers and staff have closely followed Frank's progress. "Frank's success both at the collegiate level and professional ranks has been a huge thrill," Charley says, adding that he has "watched or listened to just about every one of Frank's baseball outings since he graduated from here."
Frank received the service award before a Pirates-Nationals game on September 24.
"It's very satisfying because we want the dedication to public service to continue beyond Stuart Hall," Charley says. "Frank inspires all of us."