Infielder Richard Lucas and righthander Cullen Babin, both of the Normal CornBelters 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. This marks the fifth time that both players have come from the same team and the second time that both players have come from Normal. The Belters spent the past week making a late playoff push, rattling off 6 consecutive wins.
Lucas, in his 8th pro season, played in 7 games this week, going 15 for 30, with 8 runs, 3 doubles and a home run. He also drove in 4 runs, walked twice and stole a base. Lucas’ impressive week saw his season on base percentage climb to .358 and his batting average to .284. The Jacksonville, Florida native is in his eighth professional season and first in the Frontier League after spending his first seven in the New York Mets organization. The Mets selected Lucas in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft and he reached as high as AA Binghamton, where he spent last season.
This marks the second pitcher of the week award for Babin, a Houma, Louisiana native and 2014 Frontier League All-Star. Babin made just one start this week, but he made it count, going the distance in a 5 hit shutout. The 11-0 Belters win over Gateway on Wednesday gave Babin 6 wins on the season. He was the only Frontier League hurler to pitch 9 innings or more without allowing an earned run this week. The William Carey alum made his professional debut last season, pitching for both Edinburg and Alexandria of the United League before arriving in Normal and the Frontier League this 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 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.