SAUGET, Ill. – Kyle Von Ruden of the Windy City ThunderBolts and Steven Patterson of the Traverse City Beach Bums have been named the Week 3 Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation
Von Ruden, who is in his 2nd season with the Frontier League, had one start this week when the Gateway Grizzlies traveled to Crestwood to take on the Windy City ThunderBolts. Von Ruden lasted 8 full innings, and didn’t allow a run with just 2 hits, 3 walks and striking out 5. Kyle currently has 3 starts on the season with a 1-0 record with an ERA of 1.83. The righty also has 11 strikeouts, 8 walks and 14 hits on the season.
Von Ruden, originally from Elk Grove, California, attended school at the University of Hawaii and was named All-Big West Honorable mention his senior year. On July 15, 2016, he was signed by the Windy City ThunderBolts and won his debut just 3 days later. In 2016, he had 9 starts with 51 innings pitched, but finished with a record of 1-7. He posted a 4.41 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 28 walks.
Steven Patterson enters his 2nd season with the Frontier League and both have been with the Traverse City Beach Bums. This is Patterson’s second time winning an award with the Frontier League as he was voted to the Frontier League Y’all Star Game hosted by the Florence Freedom last year. Over the last week, Patterson had 22 plate appearances with 10 hits bringing his average during that time to a solid .454. Over that stretch, Patterson had 3 home runs with 7 RBIs. 2 of the 3 homeruns have come against the current West Division leaders, Florence Freedom while the other came against the Southern Illinois Miners. Over the course of the last week, Patterson and his teammates have put Traverse City in the lead in league home runs with 20 and RBIs at 87. Currently on the year, Patterson is batting with a solid .333 in the season with appearances in all 15 games with the Beach Bums.
In 2016, Patterson appeared in 94 games for Traverse City and finished the season with a .296 average while driving in 61 runs and 56 of his own as well as hanging his hat on 12 home runs.
Patterson was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2014 in the 10th round after finishing his senior year at UC Davis. He also awarded with second-team All-Big West. While his time in the Cleveland organization, he saw stints with the Lake County Captains and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
The Frontier League is currently in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.