Washington Wild Things’ catcher Cody Erickson and Windy City ThunderBolts’ starting pitcher Tyler Thornton go home with this week’s 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.
Cody Erickson takes his talents from the Normal CornBelters to the Washington Wild Things. He had himself a week posting a .571 Average with 1 HR, 6 RBI, and a 1.571 OPS including multi-hit games in Evansville on Wednesday and at Gateway last night. This week saw Erickson raise batting average to a whopping .341 witch is second best amongst catchers in the league and tied for fourth in the league overall, with a minimum of 40 at bats.
Erickson is in his 2nd season in the Frontier League out of Cave Creek Arizona. The 24 year old signed with the Normal CornBelters in 2018 out of Central Arizona College. Erickson seems to have incorporated himself seamlessly into the high powered Washington’s offense.
Tyler Thornton wins Windy City’s second pitcher of the week award for 2019. This is after Thornton’s seven shutout innings over the Joliet Slammers last Wednesday, with eight strikeouts while not issuing any walks. The outing gives Tyler his second win on the season but drops his ERA to a Frontier League leading 0.33, and puts him in the top three for strikeouts with 32 on the season.
Thornton enters his second season in the Frontier League and first with the Windy City ThunderBolts. The Simsonville South Carolina native joined the league out of Faulkner University, where he singed with the Traverse City Beach Bums in 2018. Tyler steps in for Adam Oller as the ace of Windy City, after the ThunderBolts lost Oller to the San Francisco Giants system last week.
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The Frontier League is entering its 27th season in 2019 and features ten teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 37 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.