Windy City ThunderBolts’ infielder Austin Gallagher and Schaumburg Boomers’ starting pitcher Taylor Thurber 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.
Gallagher had a sensational week that started in the last two games of his teams’ 3 game set against the Joliet Slammers last weekend. In the final two contests, Gallagher recorded 2 hits and an RBI in each game. He then carried over that hot streak into this past week where he built an 8 game hitting streak that is still alive that included 4 more multi-hit games. Overall for the week, Gallagher had 14 hits in 27 at bats including 4 home runs, 4 doubles, 14 RBI, and 8 runs scored. His hot streak is a microcosm of the season he is having, hitting .353 with 9 home runs and 43 RBI in 48 games. His .353 average is also good enough for second on the Frontier League leaderboard, behind River City’s Brian Hansen, who owns a .396 average. Gallagher is in his third season of independent baseball and his second stint in the Frontier League after playing for the Rockford Aviators in 2014. He is originally from Lancaster, PA and was a 3rd round selection of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft. He spent 6 seasons in the Dodgers’ system, reaching as high as High A Rancho Cucamonga.
This week’s Pitcher of the Week honor goes to the newest Schaumburg Boomer, Taylor Thurber. Thurber was signed on July 24th after a stellar collegiate career at Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Conference. The 22-year-old had a rough start in his Boomers’ debut, giving up 6 earned runs on 8 hits in 6 innings of work of a Schaumburg defeat at the hands of the Rockford Aviators. In his second appearance however, Thurber dazzled the home crowd at Boomers Stadium, dominating the Joliet Slammers in a complete game shutout and 7-0 Boomers’ victory. The right-hander was stellar all night, facing only 5 over the minimum while giving up only 4 hits and striking out 4 without walking a single batter. The performance brought his record to 1-1 on the season with a 3.60 ERA. In his 15 innings of work, he has struck out 8 without walking a batter. Originally from Mooresville, NC, Thurber starred at Appalachian State, recording a 3.03 ERA and 151 strikeouts to only 26 walks over 196 innings pitched. Over his career, Thurber led his conference in fewest BB/9, K/BB, WHIP, and CG. Thurber’s victory was the 200th career manager win (all in the Frontier League) for Schaumburg manager Jamie Bennett.
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.
Photo Credit Michael Guzman, Schaumburg Boomers and Joan Veenstra, Windy City