Lake Erie infielder Joel McKeithan and Joliet starter Daren Osby were named Frontier League Pitcher and Players of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Coming over to the Lake Erie Crushers after spending the beginning of the year with the Gateway Grizzlies, McKeithan earns his honors by hitting .458 with two doubles and two homeruns over a six-game stretch. McKeithan also added six runs batted in and two stolen bases and helped the Crushers pick up two wins over the Florence Freedom.
McKeithan helped lead Lake Erie to a win over the Florence Freedom by going 3-5 with one run scored and two runs batted in. The Arden, North Carolina native has posted career numbers of .259 batting average while slugging 12 home runs and 22 doubles and driving 57 runs in two seasons in the Frontier League.
Daren Osby is in his first season with the Joliet Slammers and has appeared in 7 games so far this season. He earned pitcher of the week honors this week by going 1-0 while throwing 8.0 innings of shutout baseball while striking out 10 batters.
Osby comes to the Slammers from Troy University and has posted a 5-1 record in his first professional season. Osby has a 3.25 earned run average to go along with 36.0 innings pitched as well as a 2.64 strikeout to walk ratio and a 9.3 strike out per 9 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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.