Gateway’s Brown, Evansville’s Walch named Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week Gateway
Grizzlies outfielder Blake Brown and Evansville Otters’ starting pitcher Trevor Walch have been named the Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Brown is in his first season in Independent Baseball with Gateway and spent the past week tormenting the Florence Freedom and the Washington Wild Things with his bat. Brown started the week with 3 consecutive multi-hit games against the Freedom. He finished the series against Florence with 6 hits in 12 at bats including 3 home runs, a double, 7 RBI, and 6 runs scored. He then followed that with 3 more hits including another home run in the first two games against the Washington Wild Things this past weekend. His hitting streak reached 5 games before eventually being snapped in the final game of the weekend series. Over the course of the entire week, Brown finished with 10 hits in 23 at bats including 4 home runs, 1 double, 10 RBI, and 8 runs scored. The dominant performance saw Brown’s batting average rise to .305 on the young season with 7 home runs and 18 RBI. A University of Missouri alum, Brown was signed by the Grizzlies just prior to spring training and was originally a 5th round selection of the Atlanta Braves in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Walch earns this weeks’ Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational performance against the Windy City Thunderbolts Friday at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. In his 3rd start of 2015, Walch shut down the Thunderbolts in a complete game shutout. He yielded only 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 7. The shutout was Walch’s second in an Evansville uniform, and his first in 2015. The start bumped Walch to 1-1 on the season with a miniscule 1.80 ERA. The 5’11” right-hander originally hails from Eufaula, Oklahoma and played collegiately at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He is in his 3rd season with the Otters, originally signing before the 2013 season after his college career was completed.
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 23rd season in 2015 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 27 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.