River City Rascals’ outfielder Kyle Gaedele and Evansville Otters’ starting pitcher Preston Olson 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 his first season in the Frontier League managed to get 8 hits in his 17 at bats. To start off the week, Gaedele went 3 for 5 versus the Grizzlies and managed to get 1 double, 4 RBI, and 1 walk. He followed up this impressive performance with a 3 for 5 night against the Corn Belters on Friday. Gaedele hit 2 home runs, got 5 RBI, and 2 runs scored in this performance. On Saturday, Gaedele continued his hot streak going 1-3 getting another home run, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 1 hit by pitch, and a stolen base. This took his average up to .302 hitting 16 doubles, 1 triple, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, and 23 stolen bases. 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. Previously, this season Gaedele won Player of the Week honors on June 13th for the Rascals. Gaedele helped his team to a record 11-game winning streak; this reduces their magic number to clinch a wild card spot for playoffs to 3 now.
Olson, in his fourth season of professional baseball and third in the Frontier League, went 2-0 this week after wins over the CornBelters and Miners. On Tuesday, Olsen threw 9.0 innings verses the CornBelters while only giving up 2 runs and 6 hits. He also managed to give up no walks and earn 3 strikeouts in this performance. To follow this impressive performance up, on Sunday Olson got the win verses the Miners. In this outing he threw 7.0 innings and only allowed 1 run to score, while allowing 1 hit, 3 walks, and getting 3 strikeouts. This brought his record to 7-3 for the season while pitching in 13 games thus far. During the week Olson lowered his ERA .30 and is now sitting at 2.90 with a 1.050 WHP and brought his strikeout total up to 66 for the season. He is currently sitting in fourth place for the lowest ERA in the league. Previously, before joining the Frontier League Olson played in the American Association for a season in 2013. Olson grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and attended both the College of Southern Idaho, and Utah Valley State University. He helped the Otters clinch a playoff berth on Sunday with his win.
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.