SAUGET, Ill. – Gateway’s Vince Molesky and Washington’s Kenny Peoples-Walls have been named Week 15 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.
Gateway Grizzlie Vince Molesky, earns his second Pitcher of the Week honors of the season after hurling his first complete game shutout of 2017 (3rd of this career) last Friday night against the Normal CornBelters. The 6’3 righty struck out nine CornBelters including 2017 All-Stars Aaron Dudley and Santiago Chirino. Molesky also struck out Week 13 Player of the Week, Jesus Solorzano, twice. Vince allowed just five hits in his thirty two batters faced. Molesky walked none and earned his sixth win of the season as the Grizzlies beat the CornBelters 6-0.
The Mountoursville, Pennsylvania native has appeared in eighteen games on the season on sixteen starts. He has registered ninety-six strikeouts (3rd overall) on the year and has dropped his ERA to 3.89 (16th overall).
Molesky has been with the Grizzlies since 2015 and has a career record of 16-21 in fifty-two starts. His career ERA currently sits at 4.23. Molesky is just the third Frontier League athlete that has won the honor twice this season (Spivey, Harris). However, he is the first pitcher to win the award twice this season.
Setting a new franchise record helped Washington Wild Things’ Kenny Peoples-Walls land him as this week’s Player of the Week when made his presence known against the first place, Schaumburg Boomers. Kenny went 4 for 5, scored twice, homered and stole a base once. Peoples-Walls set the Wild Things record with most RBI in a single game at seven. What made it sweeter for KPW is that he turned twenty-four.
Kenny batted .458 over the week when he went 11 for 24. KPW scored three runs, one double, one home run, fourteen RBI and one stolen base. 2
The outfielder is currently in his first season in the Frontier League after spending 2011-2015 in the St. Louis Cardinals system and 2016 in the American Association. KPW is batting .254 and has twenty-three runs, seven doubles, five triples, two homers, forty-five and eight stolen bases on the season.
The Gateway Grizzlies (26-58) remain at home and will host the Southern Illinois Miners (34-50) this week and will then travel to Florence to take on the Freedom (54-31, first in West). The Washington Wild Things (44-39) continue their hunt for a 2017 Wild Card spot as they will host first place East Division leader, Schaumburg (57-27) before traveling to face Wild Card contender Windy City (45-38). The Evansville Otters (46-37) and River City Rascals (45-40) are also in the heart of the race. With two weeks remaining in the season, Normal (41-42) and Lake Erie (39-44) are also still alive.
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.
Molesky Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon