Photos Courtesy of Daniel Bartel Photography (Webster) and Breanna Tongel (Poma)
Outfielder Daniel Poma of the Washington Wild Things and righthander Seth Webster of the Schaumburg 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.
Poma had a torrid week, going 11 for 20 with 3 doubles and driving in 5 while striking out just twice. Poma also went 5 for 6 in stolen base attempts. A Monterey, California native and Hofstra University alum, was acquired by the Wild Things last October and made his Frontier League debut this season. After being selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th round of the 2012 MLB amateur draft, Poma made the transition to independent baseball in the middle of last season with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association. Poma’s 29 stolen bases in 2014 put him in second in the Frontier League entering the games on August 11. He also ranks in the top 10 in hits, runs and doubles. The 2014 East Division All-Star and his Wild Things currently sit atop the East and have the best record in the Frontier League.
Webster’s start on August 6 was all he needed to earn the pitcher of the week award. At home against Washington, Webster went 8 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6 and lowering his season ERA to 2.88. After an outstanding professional debut with the Boomers in 2013, the Louisiana College alum has carried that success into the 2014 season, earning him a 5-2 record and placing him in the top 10 in ERA and landing him at 12th in strikeouts. The Center Point, Louisiana native’s Boomers have won 3 in a row and are currently in third place, a game out of first in the West.
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 26 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.