For the second time in 2015, Normal CornBelters’ infielder Patrick McKenna and Florence Freedom starting pitcher Jeremy Gooding have been awarded 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.
McKenna takes home Normal’s 5th Frontier League Player of the Week honor after scorching the ball in his team’s last 6 games. In the past week, McKenna hit safely in every game and went only 2 contests without having multiple hits. The streak included 11 hits in 24 at bats, 2 of them being home runs to go along with 4 doubles, 8 RBI and 8 runs scored. An All Star in 2015, McKenna is now batting .290 to go along with 22 home runs and 69 RBI, which are both top 3 in the Frontier League in their respective categories. McKenna is in his 7th season of professional baseball after spending his first 3 years as a member of the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres’ organizations. McKenna was originally a 27th round selection of Detroit in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft out of Bryant College in Smithfield, Rhode Island.
Gooding takes home his second Frontier League Pitcher award after dominating the visiting Frontier Greys last Friday at UC Health Stadium. Gooding built on his last start, where he went 6 shutout innings, by tossing the complete game shutout to stretch his scoreless innings streak to 15. Against the Greys, Gooding yielded just 6 hits and struck out 8 without walking a batter. The outing bumped him to 7-4 on the season to go along with his fantastic 2.60 ERA, the 8th best mark in the entire league. Gooding is in his 2nd season of professional baseball, and his first in the Frontier League after appearing in both the United League and the American Association in 2014.
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.