Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon (West), Ricky Rick Photography (Ludy)
Catcher Josh Ludy of the River City Rascals and JaVaun West of the Gateway Grizzlies have been selected as the Frontier League Player of the Week and Pitcher of the week respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Ludy spent his week on a tear against the pitching of the Frontier Greys and the defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers to the tune of a .444 batting average, 3 home runs, 12 RBI and an .889 slugging percentage in 6 games. In 15 games overall this season, Ludy is hitting .400 with 5 home runs and 18 RBI. Following a successful collegiate career at Baylor University, Ludy was an eighth round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2012 MLB June Amateur draft. He spent the remainder of the 2012 and 2013 seasons in the Phillies organization, reaching as high as Clearwater of the Florida State League. This year marks Ludy’s first season in the Frontier League.
West is in his third Frontier League campaign, all spent with the Grizzlies. In two starts this week West pitched his team to a pair of victories, allowing just 2 earned runs in 12.2 innings, good for a 1.42 ERA. He also struck out 16 while walking just 3 in those appearances. An Atlanta, Missouri native, West represented the Grizzlies at the 2013 All-Star Game. West finished his collegiate career with the University of Indianapolis and made his professional debut in 2012 with Gateway. West joins week one Pitcher of the Week Aaron Newcomb as Grizzlies to win the Pitcher of the Week award, making the team with the Frontier League’s best record the first team with multiple weekly award winners.
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 is entering its 22nd season in 2014 and features 14 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 25 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.