SAUGET, Ill. – The 2017 Frontier League regular season comes to a close and Gateway’s Vince Molesky and Washington’s James Harris have been named Week 17 Pitcher and Player of the Week. The honors have been chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Grizzlie ace Vince Molesky wins his third Pitcher of the Week honors this season after two great starts last week. On Tuesday, the Grizzlies traveled to Marion, Illinois to take on the Miners where Vince made his eighteenth start on the season. He was able to nab the 6-3 win after hurling eight innings while only allowing one run (earned), five hits and struck out four.
On Sunday, the Grizzlies hosted the 2016 Frontier League Champions and Wild Card winner Evansville Otters in the final game of the regular season. Molesky made Grizzlies history in his final career start when he tied with Scott Patterson for most strikeouts in a game with twelve. The Grizzlies were able to take the win against the Otters 6-3 behind another eight inning outing.
The 6’3 righty finished his career in the Frontier League with 4.19 ERA and 18-21 record in fifty-seven total appearances. Molesky dealt three-hundred and twenty-six career strikeouts. Vince tied with Jake Fisher (Windy City) for most strikeouts this season with one-hundred and twenty.
The Washington Wild Things were able to solidify a Wild Card spot with the help of their outfielder James Harris. On Friday, James went two for five with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. In the 8-2 clinching win against Traverse City on Saturday, Harris batted three for three with two doubles, an RBI and two runs.
On the week, Harris went 13 for 26 (.500) while launching three doubles, a triple and a home run. The Oakland native had eight RBI, five walks and three stolen bases.
Harris is in his first season in the Frontier League after spending time with the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2011 to 2014 and the Oakland A’s from 2015 to 2017. The outfielder appeared in forty-six games this season. He batted .299 with ten doubles, a triple, five homers, thirty-one runs scored, twenty-five RBI and eighteen stolen bases.
The Frontier League Postseason starts on Tuesday with fourth seed Evansville hosting first seed Schaumburg at Bosse Field at 6:35 p.m. central time. The third seed Washington Wild Things will host second seed Florence at Wild Things Park at 7:05 eastern time.
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.