NORMALS’ HAUPT, FLORENCES’ GOODING ARE FRONTIER LEAGUE PLAYER AND PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Normal CornBelters’ outfielder Dillon Haupt and Florence Freedoms’ starting pitcher Jeremy Gooding 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.

Haupt takes home this week’s honors after hitting safely in all 3 games he appeared in during the first week of the Frontier League regular season.  The hot streak to start the season includes 5 total hits out of 12 at bats, 2 of those being doubles, and 1 of those hits being a homerun. Within this impressive hitting Haupt also managed to get a total of 8 RBI and 5 runs scored.  This streak brought his season batting average to an impressive .417. Haupt, 25, originally hails from San Diego, California also where he attended school at University of Sand Diego. Haupt was drafted in 20th round by the Chicago White Sox in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. Last season he was with the Frontier Greys who are currently no longer playing in the Frontier League, where he hit .267, 12 home runs, 34 RBIs with playing just 77 games.

Florence Freedoms’ starting pitcher Jeremy Gooding is this week’s Frontier League Pitcher of the Week after having a 1.42 ERA and pitching 6.1 innings. Gooding earned 7 strikeouts and only gave up 4 hits.  Entering his 3rd season in professional baseball and 2nd season with the Freedom Gooding looks to bring a serious skill set that to bring the team to victory. Last season Gooding posted an 8-4 record and was among the best starting pitchers within the whole Frontier League, with 15 starts and 90 innings in the 2015 season he combined to post a 2.50 ERA, with only a 0.98 WHIP, two shutouts, and 89 strikeouts. To finish the season Gooding finished 6th in ERA and won the last three regular season starts, while only giving up one run and 12 hits. The season is looking bright for Gooding and he is hoping to continue his hot streak.

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 24th season in 2016 and features 12 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.