RASCALS’ OUTFIELDER GAEDELE, SLAMMERS’ PITCHER CHOBAN NAMED WEEK 5 AWARD WINNERS

River City Rascals’ outfielder Kyle Gaedele and Joliet Slammers’ relief pitcher Brent Choban 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.

Gaedele, in his sixth season of professional baseball, and first season in the Frontier League managed to get 11 hits in his 24 at bats. To start off the week, Gaedel went 4-5 against the Freedom, with 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 double, and 3 runs scored. He followed up this impressive performance with a 3-3 night on Thursday, with 1 double, 3 RBI, 1 run scored, and 1 BB. In the weekend series verses the Miners Gaedele went 4-12 with 3 homeruns, 4 RBIs, and 3 runs scored. This took his season average up to .298 hitting with 19 runs, 25 hits, 7 doubles, 3 homeruns, 8 stolen basses, and 15 RBIs. Before joining the Frontier League, Gaedele spent his time in the Northwest League, Midwest League, California League, and Texas League with the Padres organization. Originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois the 26-year-old was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft from Rolling Meadows High School by the Tampa Bay Rays and the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from Valparaiso University.

Choban, in his fifth season of the Frontier League, went 3-0 this week with wins over the BeachBums and Crushers. With a total of 4.2 innings pitched in these wins Choban only gave up 3 hits, 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts to a total of 19 batter faced. This week Choban brought his ERA down from a high 7.11 to 5.19. Previously, he played for the Frontier Greys and Florence Freedom both teams which are in the league. Last season was his best season yet with the Greys. Choban, had a record of 1-2 with an 2.72 ERA in 39 games, also earning 1 save and 34 strikeouts. Also, Choban played his college ball at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where he had tremendous stats.

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.