Sussex County Miners outfielder Chuck Taylor and Tri-City ValleyCats right-hander Josh Hiatt 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.
This is Taylor’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the first weekly award for Sussex County this season. He finished the week with a league-leading fifteen hits, including four doubles, a home run, and seven RBIs. He hit .500 in seven games.
The 27-year old is in his first season in the Frontier League, after spending the 2020 season with a pair of independent league teams. Taylor was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and spent five seasons in their organization. He also more recently spent two seasons in the organizations of the Seattle Mariners in 2017 and 2018 and one with the Washington Nationals in 2019. He is currently among the league’s best with 59 hits and leads the league with 14 doubles on the year so far. He has 30 RBIs and is tied for first in the Frontier League this season with a .364 batting average.
Hiatt is Tri-City’s first Pitcher of the Week award winner, and their first weekly award winner this season. In his start in the seven-inning game against Washington Thursday (7/15), he worked the full seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, one walk, and striking out four in the 5-0 win against the Wild Things.
Hiatt is in his first season in the Frontier League, after spending 2019 with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. The 24-year-old played collegiately at the University of North Carolina. He is currently 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched this season. He has allowed just sixteen walks on 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.\
Photo Credit: Phil Hoops (Chuck Taylor), Greg Fisher (Josh Hiatt)