SAUGET, Ill. – Freedom Pitcher Matt Pobereyko and First-Base Boomer Seth Spivey have been named Week 6 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.
Matt Pobereyko is in his 2nd season with the Florence Freedom. Pobereyko locked in this last week as the Freedom called him in for 4 appearances, two against Windy City and two against Joliet. In those 4 appearances, he proved to be a lock down closer as he racked up 3 saves. He went a total of 4 1/3 innings. His dominant performances were proven with 11 strikeouts over the week. Pobereyko also had no earned runs.
On the season, Pobereyko has a 1-1 record with an impressive 1.10 ERA with 16 appearances. In those 16 games, he’s closed with 9 saves (tied 2nd) with 35 strikeouts (16th overall, including starting pitchers), 3 walks, and 8 total hits.
Pobereyko continues to be a reliable reliever for the Freedom. Last season the righty finished with a 0-2 record and with a 1.32 ERA in 20 innings pitched. He did not have any saves but finished the season with 31 strikeouts.
In 2016, Matt played in the California Winter League when the 2016 Frontier League Season concluded. He had a 1.05 ERA in 9 appearances with 13.1 innings and struck out 17.
Prior to his Frontier League Campaign, the Munster, Indiana native attended Kentucky Wesleyan for 3 seasons where he won multiple awards including Conference Pitcher of the Week, First-team All-region, and First-team All-Great Midwest Atlantic Conference. In 2015, he led NCAA DII with 9 wins and a 1.84 ERA and set his school record with 104 strikeouts.
Seth Spivey earns his Player of the Week award for the 2nd time this season (Week 2). This past week the Schaumburg Boomers made for a short Illinois road trip when they traveled to Sauget to take on the Gateway Grizzlies and to Normal to take on the CornBelters. On June 14, Spivey went 5 for 5 with 1 run scored, 4 RBI and a homerun. On June 17, Spivey went 3 for 4, 3 runs, 1 RBI, and 1 homerun.
Spivey is the only player in the Frontier League currently batting over .400 and leads the League with a .424 average. To add to his impressive feat, he has appeared in all of Schaumburg’s 33 games. The first baseman has 29 runs scored (4th) with 10 doubles (tied 7th), 2 triples and 6 homers. Spivey leads the Frontier League with 35 RBI. Seth is currently the only player in the infield with the “Experienced” player class. Spivey’s defense has been dominant as well. He has a 1.000 Fielding Percentage with 138 put-outs and 10 assists.
In 2014, Spivey spent time with MLB affiliated ball before coming to the Frontier League. Spivey was with the Texas Rangers organization from 2014 to 2016. During his time in the minors, Spivey was with the Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season) and High Desert Mavericks (Class A Advanced). He posted a .261 batting average with a .369 slugging and just 176 strikeouts.
Florence currently sits top of the West Division with a 22-11 record. They have a 5 game lead on 2nd place River City. With the help of Pobereyko’s saves, Florence was able to sweep Windy City. Joliet was able to steal 2 away from Florence in the next series. This week the Freedom will travel to take on Normal and Gateway.
Schaumburg continues to lead the east division with a 25-8 record. The Boomers traveled to Gateway and Normal this past week as the picked up the sweeps for both series. Schaumburg returns home after a week on the road. They will play host to Windy City and Washington.
The Frontier League is entering 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.