Gateway Grizzlies’ catcher Tyler Tewell and Joliet Slammers’ closer Navery Moore are this week’s 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.
Tewell takes home this week’s honors after hitting safely in all 5 games he appeared in during the last week of the Frontier League regular season. Leading up to Gateway’s last game Sunday afternoon, Tewell had hit safely in 7 straight games and 9 of his last 10. The hot streak included 12 total hits, 4 multi-hit games, 5 home runs, 3 doubles, 9 RBI, and 7 runs scored. The streak brought Tewell’s line on the season up to a .270 batting average, 11 home runs, and 29 RBI in 51 games, roughly half of a Frontier League season. Tewell, 24, originally hails from Charlotte, NC and attended school at Appalachian State University, where he hit .324 for his career in 3 seasons with the Mountaineers. A rookie in the Frontier League in 2015, Tewell spent the past three seasons playing in the Atlanta Braves’ system after being drafted by Atlanta in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft.
Joliet Slammers’ closer Navery Moore is this week’s Frontier League Pitcher of the Week after extending his streak of not allowing an earned run to 7 appearances with his first start of the season on Sunday. In the final game for a Joliet team who was not postseason bound, the Slammers decided to start Moore, who went out and dominated the playoff-bound Rockford Aviators with 5 innings of allowing just 1 unearned run. The appearance succeeded an All-Star season for Moore, dominating hitters with 17 saves in 37 games as the Slammers’ ninth inning pitcher. The 25-year-old had a miniscule 2.34 ERA in 2015, giving up just 13 earned runs in 46 innings pitched. Originally a Franklin, TN native, Moore pitched collegiately for Vanderbilt University, where he helped them reach the College World Series in 2011. The Atlanta Braves drafted Moore in the 14th round of the MLB Amateur Draft in the same summer, and he spent the last three seasons pitching in Atlanta’s system before joining the Slammers in 2015.
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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.