Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Steven Kraft and Schaumburg Boomers right-hander Connor Eller win this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Kraft hit .417 (10-24) with one home run and drove in seven for the week. He added three stolen bases and four walks giving him a 1.066 OPS and 7.0 runs created. He had a big game against the River City Rascals going 3-4 with five RBIs in an 8-1 win on July 27th.
The 23-year-old Fair Oaks, Virginia native is in his first season in the Frontier League. Kraft signed with the Crushers after spending 2018 in the Pittsburg Pirates organization. On the season, Kraft is hitting .286 with 31 runs, 55 hits, 22 RBI and 2 home runs. Kraft also ranks 2nd in the league with 20 stolen bases.
Eller saved three games, during the week, he gave up no runs, no hits and no walks in his three innings of work. He faced only nine batters and struck out five of them. Eller helped the Boomers to a 4-2 record on the week, pulling them within half a game of fist place in the East.
In 2016, the Toronto Blue Jays drafted Eller in the 22nd round out of Ouachita Baptist University. The Boomers’ closer is 4-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 30 games on the season. Eller has stuck out 33 while only walking five in 31.2 innings this season. He has saved the most games in the league with 16 in his first season in the Frontier League.
Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.
The Frontier League is in its 27th season in 2019 and features ten teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 37 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.