Southern Illinois’ Bywater, Florence’s Newell Selected as Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week

Southern Illinois’ Bywater, Florence’s Newell Selected as Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week

Florence Freedom outfielder Austin Newell and Southern Illinois Miners pitcher Matt Bywater 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.

Newell hit safely for the entire week with the Freedom and recorded a multi-hit game in all but 1 of his team’s 6 games. The hitting streak is Newell’s second of at least 6 games already this season. He also had a 6 game hitting streak from May 23-29. Overall, he totaled 15 hits in 26 at bats over the course of the week, including 1 home run, 3 doubles, 6 RBI and 10 runs scored. Newell is in his 5th season of professional baseball and his first with Florence. The 26 year-old outfielder originally hails from Arlington, TX and played collegiately at the University of Baylor as well as the University of Texas at Tyler.

Bywater was the easy choice for the award after throwing the 25th no-hitter in Frontier League history. The Southern Illinois left-hander baffled the Evansville Otters last Friday, striking out 10 and walking 2 while facing 2 batters over the minimum. The dominant performance rose Bywater’s record to an impeccable 5-0 on the season to go along with a miniscule 1.46 ERA. The 26 year-old has struck out a staggering 51 batters over 43 innings this season, walking only 13 in the process. Originally from Thousand Oaks, CA Bywater played his college baseball at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and was a 7th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.

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The Frontier League is entering its 23rd 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.