Normal CornBelters’ outfielder Nolan Meadows and Joliet Slammers’ starting pitcher Kaleb Ort 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.
Meadows, in his second season of professional baseball, and first season in the Frontier League managed to get 10 hits in his 24 at bats this week. To start off the week, Meadows went 2-4 with 2 RBI, 1 Home Run, and 1 run scored. He followed up this impressive performance on Thursday, where he then went 3-4 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 Home Run, 3 RBI, and 3 runs scored. In the weekend series verses the Miners, Meadows went 3-11 with 1 Home Run, 3 RBI, and 1 run scored. Before joining the Frontier League, Meadows spent his time in Pecos League with the Roswell Invaders where he finished with a batting average of .354 where he managed to hit 6 Home Runs, 34 RBI, 5 doubles, and 1 triple. Originally from San Pedro, California the 23-year-old attended California State University Long Beach.
Ort earns this weeks’ Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational 2-0 week with wins over Washington and Schaumburg. The 24-year-old right handed pitcher baffled the Wild Things on Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Park, after throwing 7 innings and only allowing 1 run to score, on 3 hits, while striking out 3 batters. Sunday, Ort, tossed 6 innings while allowing no runs to score, and only gave up 3 hits. In this game he had a season high total of 9 strikeouts and only 1 walk. This took Ort record to 3-1 for the season while pitching in 7 games, 33 innings pitched 26 strikeouts, and an overall 4.90 ERA. Ort grew up in Lowell, Michigan and attended Aquinas College. In college Ort, was a two-way standout as a pitcher and outfielder. This is his first season in the Frontier League as well as Professional baseball.
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.