Aviators’ Rodriguez, Beach Bums’ Montefusco Named Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week
Rockford Aviators first baseman Devon Rodriguez and Traverse City Beach Bums starting pitcher Anthony Montefusco 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.
Rodriguez was on fire over the past week for the Aviators, compiling 11 hits in 25 at bats for a .440 batting average during his team’s 6 games. The 23 year-old first-baseman also racked up 1 home run, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 7 RBI while helping Rockford win 5 out of their 6 games from June 16th-21st. So far this season, Rodriguez is hitting .339 in 31 games with 3 home runs and 20 RBI. The University of California-Berkeley product is in his first season of professional baseball after a stellar collegiate career as a member of the Golden Bears baseball team.
Montefusco wins this week’s Pitcher of the Week award after two solid starts for the Beach Bums. Last Tuesday, Montefusco shut down the Normal CornBelters over 6 innings of work, allowing 0 runs on 6 hits while striking out 2, earning the victory in a 3-1 Traverse City win. Montefusco was then rewarded with another winning decision on Sunday when he allowed only 1 earned run on 5 hits in 5 innings of a Beach Bums 4-2 defeat of the Evansville Otters at Bosse Field in Evansville. For the season Montefusco holds a record of 3-2 in 6 starts with a 4.74 ERA. The 24 year-old right-hander pitched collegiately for George Mason University, where he compiled a record of 21-13 and an ERA of 3.00 in 4 seasons as a Patriot. He is in his third season of professional baseball, and his second in the Frontier League after pitching previously for the Southern Illinois Miners.
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 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.