Joliet Slammers’ first baseman Marc Flores and Traverse City Beach Bums’ starting pitcher Kramer Champlin 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.
Flores, in his third season of professional baseball, and his second season in the Frontier League managed to get 12 hits in his 24 at bats this week. To start off the week, Flores went 4-5 against the Rascals, with 5 RBI, 1 home run, 1 double, and 1 run scored. He then followed up this impressive performance with an 1-3 night on Thursday. In the weekend series verses the ThunderBolts Flores went 6-12 with 1 home run, 2 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Before joining the Frontier League, Flores spent his time in the Arizona League with the Chicago White Sox organization. Originally from Salinas, California the 24-year-old was drafted in the 30th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Flores will get the honor of starting the 2016 Y’all-Star game in Florence, Kentucky next week for the East Division and is tied for the second place lead in RBI and fourth in home runs.
Champlin earns this week’s Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational win against the very hot Southern Illinois Miners. Champlin threw 9 innings while only giving up 4 hits, striking out 8 batters, and allowing 1 earned run. In addition, he also had a tremendous game and win on Monday against the ThunderBolts at Standard Bank Stadium. Champlin threw a total of 7 innings where he only gave up 6 hits, 1 run, and got 3 strikeouts. This brought his record to 3-4 for the season with a 2.25 ERA while pitching in 9 games thus far. He has an impressive 43 strikeouts with only a very few 7 walks in the 2016 season. This is Champlin second year in the league with the Beach Bums. Previously he pitched in the 2015 All-Star game for the East Division and earned honors to pitch in the Y’All-Star game next week in Florence, Kentucky. Champlin is in his sixth season of professional baseball where he previously played in the Gulf Coast League, Midwest League, Florida State League, and Gulf Coast League with the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Originally from Olympia, Washington the 26-year-old Champlin got drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Olympia High School. He then decided to turn down this offer to play collegiate baseball at the Arizona State University where he got drafted out of in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Kramer Champlin is the first repeat winner of the 2016 Frontier League Pitcher of the Week award and is currently tied for fourth place in ERA for the league.
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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.