Southern Illinois Miners’ outfielder Michael Earley and Normal CornBelters’ starting pitcher Michael Schweiss 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.
Earley came into the week on a two game hitting streak, recording a multi-hit game in the last two contests of his team’s 3 game series with the Evansville Otters last weekend. The streak was a sign of things to come for Earley, as he went 10-24 on the week, recording 3 more multi-hit games, 1 home run, 3 doubles, 6 RBI, and 4 runs scored. His offensive contributions helped his team to win 2 out of 3 games in both their series against the Schaumburg Boomers, and the Evansville Otters, a series that saw Southern Illinois leapfrog the Miners for first place in the Frontier League Eastern Division. Overall on the season, Earley is hitting a sensational .334 with 9 home runs and 49 RBI. This is Earley’s first season in the Frontier League, after being released by the Chicago White Sox after the 2014 season. Earley spent the past 5 seasons with Chicago, reaching as high as AA in 2014. He was a 29th round selection of the team in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Indiana University-Bloomington, where he played collegiately.
Schweiss takes home this week’s Pitcher of the Week honor after his stellar performance against the Rockford Aviators Saturday in Normal. The 6’2” right-hander dominated the Aviators, tossing a complete game 3 hit shut out while striking out 14 batters and walking only 2, helping the CornBelters take the game, 11-0. It was the first shut out for Schweiss this season in 16 starts. Over 99 innings pitched, Schweiss holds a 3.35 ERA to go along with 105 strikeouts to just 28 walks. The 25-year-old is in his third season with Normal, after signing with the team before the 2013 season. In 46 career games with Normal, Schweiss is 14-13 with a 4.06 ERA and a 3.16 K/BB ratio. Originally from Parker, CO, Schweiss pitched collegiately at the University of Dallas for four seasons, where he still holds the school record for most appearances all-time with 68.
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.