Washington Wild Things outfielder James Harris and starting pitcher Chase Cunningham were named Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
James Harris earned his second player of the week honors, also won September 3,2017, by posting a .458 batting average driving in 12 in the last six games. Harris also scored eight runs while hitting two homeruns, two doubles, one triple and stealing four bags. Harris also hit safely in all six games last week for the Wild Things helping them to a 6-0 record and a three-game lead in the East Division standings.
Prior to joining the Wild Things, Harris spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays as well as the Oakland Athletics. Harris who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 Major League Draft by Tampa Bay, has spent time at all levels of the minor leagues with his highest stint coming in 2015 with Triple-A Nashville (Oakland A’s). Harris has posted career numbers of a .256 batting average over 2,295 at bats, while slugging 33 homeruns, 22 triples, 97 doubles while driving in 220, Harris has also stolen 115 bases over his career.
Chase Cunningham earned his second pitcher of the week honors, also won July 2, 2017, following an 8-4 win over the Joliet Slammers on June 8th. During his start Cunningham threw 7.0 innings allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out nine hitters. Cunningham is 1-2 in six starts this season posting a 3.17 earned run average over 34 innings pitched.
Cunningham made his professional debut in 2015 with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, before coming over to the Frontier League in 2016 with the Washington Wild Things. The right-handed pitcher out of Belmont University has posted a 18-19 career record with a 3.88 earned run average over 304.0 innings pitched. Cunningham has also posted a 1.39 strikeout to walk ratio and a 1.372 WHIP over his four-year career.
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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.