Photos Courtesy of Ricky Rick Photography (Mendoza) and Jay Arrigo (Moldenhauer)
First baseman Russell Moldenhauer of the Joliet Slammers and Tommy Mendoza of the River City Rascals 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.
Moldenhauer, in his first season with the Slammers, annihilated league pitching this week, hitting .542 (13 for 24), with 2 home runs and 4 doubles while driving in 5. Moldenhauer reached base at a .598 clip and his slugging percentage for the week was .958. He was acquired in an offseason trade by the Slammers from the Lake Erie Crushers in exchange for reliever Zac Treese. Last season, Moldenhauer was selected to the postseason all-star team and in 2012 he was chosen for the mid-season team. A third round pick of the Angels out of Boerne High School in his hometown of Boerne, Texas in 2006, Moldenhauer elected to honor his commitment to the University of Texas where he played college ball. Moldenhauer was selected in the 2010 draft by the Nationals and spent 2 seasons in their system before coming to the Frontier League.
Mendoza started 2 games this week for the Rascals and went 12 innings allowing no earned runs while striking out 10 and allowing just 8 hits. A native of Hialeah, Florida, Mendoza returns to the Rascals this season after splitting last season between River City and Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League. Mendoza was a fifth round pick of the Angels in the 2005 draft out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Opa-Locka, Florida. After signing, Mendoza spent 6 seasons in the Angels’ system, reaching as high as the AAA level. He made his Frontier League Debut in 2011 with the Joliet Slammers and spent 2 years there before joining the Rascals.
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.