Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Connor Oliver and Florence Y’alls right-hander Johnathon Tripp 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 Oliver’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the first weekly honor for Lake Erie this season. Oliver was among the league’s best this week with eleven hits, including four doubles, a triple, and a home run, and he picked up a league-leading eight RBIs. He hit .500 over six games this week and has now registered a hit in each of his last thirteen games.
The 27-year-old is in his fifth season in the Frontier League, and his third season with the Lake Erie Crushers. He was drafted by the Braves in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent three seasons in the organization before briefly playing in the Yankees organization, and then joining the Frontier League in 2016. He played for the Crushers in 2016 and 2017 before spending time in Traverse City, River City, and Schaumburg over the following two seasons. He is currently hitting .273 on the season and has registered 60 hits, 33 RBIs, 19 doubles (tied for second in the Frontier League), 5 triples, and 7 home runs so far.
This is Tripp’s first Pitcher of the Week award of this season and of his career, and the second for the Y’alls this season after Kevin Hahn earned the award July 5. In Tripp’s start against Washington on Saturday (8/14), he worked a complete game shutout over the seven-inning game one of the doubleheader between the teams. He allowed just three hits and zero walks and recorded six strikeouts in the 6-0 win over the Wild Things.
Tripp is in his third season with Florence in the Frontier League. The 27-year-old played in both the Pecos League and the Frontier League before a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 2019. He later returned to Florence in 2019. He is currently 6-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched this season. He has allowed just 11 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.