Evansville Otters’ infielder Chris Breen and Southern Illinois Miners’ starting pitcher Rick Teasley were named Frontier League Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Breen, in his first season in the Frontier League as a member of the Evansville Otters, recorded at least one hit in each of his team’s six games this week. This is the second week in a row that an Otters player has received this accomplishment as Player of the Week, last week was Nik Balog. To start off the week, Breen went 3-4 against the rascals, with a home run, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. He then followed that performance with a 3-3 night on Saturday, with 1 double, and 1 run scored. Sunday, Breen wen 4-5, with 1 RBI, which brought his season batting average up to .378 with 3 RBI, 1 home run, 4 doubles, and 6 runs scored. Before joining the Frontier League, Breen spent time in the South Atlantic League, Gulf Coast League, and New-York Pennsylvania League with the Yankees organization. Originally from Winter Springs, Florida the 22 –year- old was drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Winter Springs High School.
Teasley earns this weeks’ Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational performance against the Florence Freedom Wednesday at UC Health Stadium in Florence, KY. In his 3rd season with the Frontier League he gets his 3rd career shutout in a 7-0 Miners victory. Teasley is 1-0 this season while earning a 1.42 ERA in 3 games pitched and 19 innings. While pitching Teasley only gave up a total of 14 hits this year and earned 12 strikeouts with 5 walks. In this performance against the Freedom, he broke a tie with the former Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Bird and is on top of the Miners all-time leaderboard for pitching. On Wednesday, he threw a total of 109 pitches, 76 of those which were strikes, and he only allowed 2 walks with 4 strikeouts. The 6’2” left-hander originally hails from Port St. Lucie, Florida and played college collegiately at Saint Leo University. Teasley was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 23rd round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur draft.
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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.