Evansville Otters outfielder Jeffrey Baez and Schaumburg Boomers right-hander Ryan Middendorf 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.
Baez takes home his first Player of the Week award and Evansville’s third weekly award this season, after Riley Krane won Player of the Week and Braden Scott won Pitcher of the Week earlier in the season. Baez led the league this week with six home runs as part of thirteen hits. He recorded ten RBIs and hit .464 over six games this week.
The 27-year-old was a midseason acquisition for the Otters and is in his first season in the Frontier League. He was acquired in a trade with the Kane County Cougars of the American Association. Before that, he spent eight years in the Chicago Cubs organization from 2011-2018 and spent the 2019 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his nine games with Evansville since being acquired, he has batted .400 with sixteen hits, including two doubles and six homers, and has picked up eleven RBIs.
This is Middendorf’s first Pitcher of the Week award, and fourth weekly award for the Boomers this season after Quincy Nieporte won the Player of the Week award twice, and Kyle Arjona took home the Pitcher of the Week award. In Middendorf’s start against Gateway on Thursday (8/26), he tossed a complete game shutout in the seven-inning contest. He allowed just four hits and one walk and recorded four strikeouts in the 2-0 win over the Grizzlies.
Middendorf is in his first professional season with Schaumburg in the Frontier League. The 23-year-old played Lake Erie College and spent time in the Northwoods League. He currently ranks third in the league with a 2.96 ERA and second in the league with 10 wins. He has recorded 73 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched this season and has allowed just 17 walks in his rookie 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.