Southern Illinois Miners’ infielder Shane Kennedy and Florence Freedoms’ starting pitcher Jordan Kraus 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.
Kennedy, in his first season of professional baseball managed to get 9 hits in his 16 at bats this week. To start off the week, Kennedy went 3-5 against the Slammers where he got 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs. He then followed up this performance going 1-3 against the Slammers again while getting 1 double, 1 RBI, 1 walk, 1 HBP, and 1 stolen base. In the weekend series verses the Wild Things Kennedy hit 5-8 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 3 walks, 2 HBP, 3 stolen bases, 1 sacrifice fly, and 6 runs scored to increase his batting average by 35 points for the overall week. He was a great help for the very hot Miners team who won all five games last week. Before joining the Frontier League Kennedy played collegiately at Clemson University in South Carolina. The 24 year old originally from Orlando, Florida was signed to the Chicago Cubs organization as a free agent 2B in February, 2015.
Kraus earns this week’s Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational 9 inning 2 hit performances against the ThunderBolts at Standard Bank Stadium on Wednesday. This brought his record up to 1-1 for the season since the trade to the Freedom. Kraus has a 2.73 ERA in 19.1 innings pitched over 3 games for the Freedom. He has a total of 12 strikeouts and has only allowed a short number of 12 hits. Earlier in the 2016 season Kraus also played for the Lake Erie Crushers where he held a 3-4 record with 3.70 ERA. With the Crushers he managed to get 21 strikeouts in 41.1 innings while only allowing 34 hits. Kraus total 2016 Frontier League record is now 4-5 with a 3.41 ERA. On July 12th, 2015 Kraus won the Pitcher of the Week Award with the Frontier Greys. Before joining the Frontier League, he played in the Pecos League for four different teams. Kraus the 24 year old originally resides from Lakewood, Ohio played collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit University. He was listed as a Top Independent League Prospect by Baseball America after the 2015 season was completed.
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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, where he played in the Arizona League.