Washington Wild Things outfielder David Popkins and Frontier Greys’ starting pitcher Jordan Kraus 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.
Popkins is in his first season in Independent Baseball with Washington, after spending three seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, reaching as far as Double A Springfield. After recording at least 1 hit in 3 of his teams’ 4 games over the fourth of July weekend, Popkins continued his torrid pace with a hit in each of his teams’ 6 games for the past week. Overall, it was a 7 game hitting streak for the 25-year-old outfielder and 9 hits in 10 games. The streak was also accompanied by 4 home runs, 2 doubles, and 5 RBI during the 6 games. For the season, Popkins is hitting .249 with 16 home runs and 29 RBI in 50 games for the Wild Things. The 6’3” outfielder played collegiately at the University of California-Davis and was signed as a free agent by St Louis in June of 2012.
Kraus continues to thwart offenses around the Frontier League and is taking home his first Pitcher of the Week honor of the 2015 season. Last Tuesday against the Joliet Slammers, Kraus threw 8 innings while only giving up 2 runs (1 earned) but suffered the loss when the Greys were unable to score more than 1 run. Kraus was able to baffle the Slammers offense, only yielding 3 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2. Then, on Sunday, Kraus followed his performance with 7 shut out innings against the Normal CornBelters at The Corn Crib in Normal, Illinois. Just as he did in his first start of the week, Kraus gave up 3 hits while striking out 4 and walking 2. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched last season for the Roswell Invaders of the Independent Pecos League and was a 4th round selection of the Frontier Greys this past spring in the 2015 Frontier League Draft. He also pitched collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. On the season, he has compiled a stellar 1.80 ERA and a 5-3 record and is considered by many to be one of the top All-Star snubs of the 2015 season.
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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.