Sussex County Miners infielder Juan Kelly and Evansville Otters left-hander Braden Scott 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 Kelly’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the second award in consecutive weeks for Sussex County, after Chuck Taylor claimed the award last week. Kelly finished the week with seven hits, including a double, a home run, and eight RBIs. He hit .500 in five games, which was tied for best in the league this week, and he drew six walks. His OPS of 1.422 was also among the best in the league.
The 27-year-old is in his first season in the Frontier League, after spending the 2020 season with Trois-Rivières in the Can-Am League. He played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization from the 2012-2018 seasons, and then spent time in winter leagues in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic over the following two years. He is currently hitting .322 on the season and has registered 28 hits and 29 RBIs so far.
Scott is Evansville’s first Pitcher of the Week award winner this season and the first for the Otters since Tyler Beardsley in July of 2019. He is also the second Evansville player to win a weekly award this season following Riley Krane’s Player of the Week award after the first week of the 2021 campaign. In his start against Gateway on Saturday (7/24), Scott worked 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, two walks, and striking out seven batters in the 3-1 win against the Grizzlies.
Scott is also in his first season in the Frontier League, after playing collegiately at Indiana University through the spring of this year. The 23-year-old is in his first season in professional baseball and was signed in mid-June. He is currently 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched this year in the Frontier League. He has also allowed just eleven walks in his six starts this 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 (Juan Kelly), Evansville Otters (Braden Scott)