Washington Wild Things starting pitcher Chase Cunningham and River City Rascal infielder Paul Kronenfeld 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.
Paul Kronenfeld earned his second player of the week honors, also won July 18, 2016 (Schaumburg). Kronenfeld helped lead the Rascals to a 4-2 record over the last week while hitting safely in all six games. Over the last six games Kronenfeld posted a .583 average while notching 14 his, one double, six home runs and 15 runs batted in.
Making his first appearance in the Frontier League in 2016 with Schaumburg, Kronenfeld spent the beginning of the 2017 away from the Frontier League before joining the River City Rascals on July 14, 2017. Kronenfeld was drafted out of Belmont University in the 25th round of the 2014 MLB draft by the Cincinnati Reds. The Greensboro, North Carolina native has posted a .269 batting average over his career while collecting 307 hits, 74 doubles, 45 home runs and 196 runs batted in. Kronenfeld has also hit safely in 11 straight games and 19 of the last 20.
Chase Cunningham earned his third pitcher of the week honors, also won July 2, 2017 and June 10,2018, following a 1-0 road win over the Windy City Thunderbolts Illinois on August 18th. During his start Cunningham threw 8.0 innings while allowing six hits, zero runs and striking out three batters.
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 24-22 career record with a 4.14 earned run average over 374.0 innings pitched. The Johnson City, Tennessee native has also posted a 1.39 strikeout to walk ratio 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.