SAUGET, Ill. – Lake Erie’s Juan Caballero and Schaumburg’s David Harris have been named Week 14 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.
Juan Caballero of the Lake Erie Crushers, earns his first Pitcher of the Week honor after shutting out East Division leader, Schaumburg last Friday night. The second year righty registered a completed game-shutout against the top hitting Frontier League offense. Caballero struck out the first four batters in the lineup twice before finishing with ten total strikeouts in the contest. He allowed just two hits and walked four. The Crushers won the match-up 14-0.
Caballero owns a 5-2 record on ten starts for the Crushers this season. He registered his third shutout on the season which brings his ERA to 3.28 (10th overall, 60.1 IP). He also has fifty strikeouts.
The 6’4 starter is in his second year in the Frontier League (both with Lake Erie) after spending 2012 through 2015 in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. His career ERA is 3.43 in the Frontier League in thirty seven total appearances with one-hundred and four strikeouts.
David Harris of the Schaumburg Boomers earns his second Player of the Week award after being the Week 1 Player of the Week. David Harris is the second Boomer to win the award twice this season after former teammate Seth Spivey was awarded in weeks 2 and 5. Harris led the charge for the Boomers when they took on the Wild Things and Crushers last week. The outfielder’s best game of the week came against the Lake Erie Crushers last Saturday when he went 4 for 5 with three runs, a double, a homer, six RBI and two stolen bases. The Boomers took the game 13-3.
On the week, Harris went 13 for 25, batting .520. He racked up two doubles, two homers, nine RBI, three walks and two stolen bases.
The 6’0 outfielder is in his first season with the Boomers after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013. Harris is now second in the Frontier League in batting average at .355 and RBI at sixty two. The 2017 Frontier League All-Star also has fifty-one runs, seventeen doubles, thirteen homers and twelve stolen bases on the season.
The Lake Erie Crushers (36-40) will travel to Crestwood to take on the Windy City ThunderBolts (41-35) in a four game series this week before traveling to Washington (40-37) to play the Wild Things. The Crushers split their series with the Traverse City Beach Bums (28-47) before getting rained out last Thursday. The Crushers went on to lose their series against the Boomers 2-1. The Boomers (55-23) will host the Wild Things before the Joliet Slammers this week.
The Frontier League is 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. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.