River City Rascals’ catcher/first-baseman Zach Kometani and Normal CornBelters’ starting pitcher Chris Carmain were named 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.
Kometani becomes the 4th member of the Rascals to win a Player of the Week award in 2015, joining teammates Taylor Ard, Brian Hansen, and Curran Redal. The 25-year-old takes home this week’s honor after tearing the cover off of the baseball for the last week and a half. In his last 6 games, Kometani had 11 hits in 22 at bats, to go along with 4 home runs, 2 doubles, 8 RBI, and 9 runs scored. The hot streak and .500 batting average were good enough to help the Rascals go 3-3 against the two best teams in the league in the Southern Illinois Miners and the Evansville Otters. Kometani, a product of Honolulu, HI, attended the University of San Diego for four years before being selected in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres. He was able to reach as high as AA with San Diego, before leaving the organization and joining the Frontier League, which he has been a part of since 2013. He is in his second year with River City after spending his first season as a member of the Traverse City Beach Bums.
The Normal CornBelters’ Chris Carmain is this week’s Pitcher of the Week after a dominating performance against the Frontier Greys on Saturday. Carmain baffled the visitors, tossing a complete game in which he only allowed 1 earned run on 2 hits in a Normal 10-1 victory. He was also able to face just 2 batters over the minimum by striking out 10 and not walking a single batter. The performance padded Carmain’s already impressive 2015 stats, lifting his record to 6-2 to go along with his ERA of 2.54, a mark good enough for 8th best in the league. He has also struck out 76 batters on the year while only walking 13. The 24-year-old hails from Methuen, MA and attended in-state Northeastern University, where he starred on the baseball team for four years. The 6’3” right-hander is in his second season with Normal after joining them in 2014.
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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.