Evansville Otters first basemen Riley Krane and Windy City ThunderBolts right-hander Tyler Thornton have won 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.
Krane takes home the award for the first time since he won it back in 2019 with the Joliet Slammers. In the opening game against Schaumburg, and two games against Équipe Québec on Saturday, Krane picked up six hits, scored five runs, hit two home runs, and drove in six RBI. He finished the opening weekend with a .545 batting average.
The 26-year old is in his fourth season in the Frontier League, and in his first season with Evansville after playing 2019 with Joliet, and 2017-18 with Windy City. Krane is currently tied for the league lead in home runs and RBI.
In his first start of the season, Thornton pitched seven scoreless innings, registering twelve strikeouts in the ThunderBolts’ Opening Day win against Joliet. He gave up only two walks and four hits in the start as well. Thornton has also previously won the award for Frontier League Pitcher of the Week with the ThunderBolts in 2019.
Tyler Thornton is in his third season in the Frontier League, having played for Windy City in 2019, and Traverse City in 2018. He is currently tied for the league lead in strikeouts and ERA through the opening week of the season.
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 of Professional Baseball is an official Partner League of Major League Baseball and the largest of its kind in professional baseball. The Frontier League features 16 teams and has moved over 1,000 players to MLB Teams in its 29-year history. Please visit www.frontierleague.com.