Photos courtesy of Doug Timmermann (Judah) and Paul Baillargeon (Jensen)
Sam Judah of the Normal CornBelters and Tucker Jensen 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.
Judah becomes the first repeat award winner, having also won the award for the week ending June 15. In the week shortened by the All-Star Break, Judah went 5 for 11 with 6 runs, 2 home runs and 7 RBI. An Ozark, Alabama native, Judah is in his fourth professional season. He appeared in last week’s All-Star game as well. He returns to the CornBelters after playing for them in 2012 as well. In addition to the outstanding week, Judah has been outstanding for the ‘Belters all season, hitting .325 with 9 home runs and 49 RBI, already a personal career high for a single season.
In one start for the Grizzlies, Jensen was lights out this week. Facing Traverse City, Jensen rolled through 8 innings of work, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 6 while walking just 1. Jensen is in his second season with the Grizzlies and in the Frontier League after spending the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Toronto organization. An Embry-Riddle alum, Jensen moved to 6-2 overall this season with his dominant outing, a vast improvement after finishing 2013 at .500 with a 7-7 record. The Ormond Beach, Florida native reached as high as high A Dunedin with the Blue Jays.
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.