Evansville’s Toby Thomas and Windy City’s Will Landsheft were named Frontier League Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Toby Thomas earned his honor this week by posting a .500 batting average in 24 at bats with three doubles and two homeruns, he drove in six while also scoring six. The right handed hitting shortstop helped lead the Evansville Otters to a 4-2 record over their last six games.
Prior to joining the Evansville Otters, Toby has spent the past five years playing in the Chicago White Sox organization. Toby a 21st round draft pick by the White Sox our of Pensacola Junior College has traveled from rookie ball to double-A while in the White Sox organization. Last year he split time between Double-A Birmingham and High-A Winston-Salem. While in the White Sox organization Toby batted .263 with 100 doubles, 19 triples, 21 homeruns, 11 stolen bases and 165 runs batted in.
Will Landsheft earned his honor this week by going 1-0 in 2 games while not allowing a run and striking out 11 over 13 innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher has helped Windy City to a 5-3 start and they are 0.5 games back in the East Division.
Will spent last year with the Gateway Grizzlies before being dealt to the Windy City ThunderBolts on August 8th. Will’s professional baseball career began back in 2014 when he was drafted out of Drury University in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Will spent two seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, his last being spent with the Hillsboro Hops (short season A) of the Northwest League. There Will posted a 4.74 ERA with 27 strikeouts and one save while going 3-2 over 24.2 innings.
Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.
The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 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 34 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.