Florence Freedoms’ third baseman Taylor Oldham and Gateway Grizzlies’ starting pitcher Will Landsheft 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.
Oldham, in his fifth season of professional baseball and his second season in the Frontier League managed to get 9 hits in his 21 at bats this week. To start off the week, Oldham, went 2-4 against the Boomers on Thursday, while earning 2 RBI, 1 home run, and 2 runs scored. For the weekend series, Oldham went 7-13 in his at bats. He managed to rack up an impressive 4 RBI, 1 walk, 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 5 runs scored. This impressive hitting brought his average up to .324 for the season with 17 stolen bases, 53 RBI, 11 home runs, 2 triples, and 14 doubles. Before joining the Frontier League Oldham played collegiately at Covenant College and Tennessee Wesleyan. He also played in the Pecos League, and American Association. In 2012 Oldham played for the Washington Wild Things and Road Warriors while starting out in the Frontier League. Oldham participated in the 2016 Y’All-Star Game where he went 1-2 and managed to get 1 stolen base and 1 run scored for the West Division.
Landsheft earns this week’s Pitcher of the Week honors after his sensational 1-0 start and victory against the Beach Bums at GCS Ballpark. The 24-year-old threw 7.2 innings on Thursday while only allowing 2 hits and earning 10 strikeouts. Landsheft didn’t allow any runs to score in his outing and lowered his overall ERA by .39 and increased to a total of 68 strikeouts for the season in 14 games and 86.2 innings pitched. This is Landsheft first season in the Frontier League and his third season in professional baseball. He previously played in the Northwest League and Pioneer League. He was drafted in the 36th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Arizona Diamonbacks, from Drury University where he played ball collegiately. Landsheft grew up in Bixby, Oklahoma.
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 28 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.