SAUGET, Ill. – The 25th season of the Frontier League has wrapped up its first full week of action and Cody Gray of the Florence Freedom and Seth Spivey of the Schaumburg Boomers have been named 2017, Week 2 Pitcher and Player of the Week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation
Cody Gray, a Glendale Arizona native, tossed his way to a 9-0 shutout as the Freedom traveled to Normal to take on the CornBelters in a 3 game series this past weekend. Though Gray only pitched one game in the week, he made his lone start a memorable one by going 7 innings (complete game, double header) while only allowing 3 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
Gray enters his 3rd season with the Frontier League as a pitcher for the Florence Freedom. With having just 2 appearances this season, Gray is currently sitting at a 2-0 record with a 0.75 ERA (tied 2nd in the league), with 12 innings pitched, 9 Strikeouts, 3 walks and 8 hits. Gray has proven to be a strong starter for the Freedom by posting a 3.32 ERA, with 28 games and 26 starts. He has a career record of 13-5 with 112 strikeouts and 49 walks.
Schaumburg continues its strong offensive start with now naming 1B Seth Spivey to the list of Players of the Week. Spivey, a 5’11, 180 pound lefty, made his mark when he got all 6 starts this last week as the Boomers traveled to Windy City and Joliet to take on the ThunderBolts and Slammers. Spivey, entering his first season in the Frontier League, is already having a dominant start. Over the course of the last week, Spivey had a total of 24 at-bats, and racked up 14 hits which brought his average over the two series to .583. Currently, Spivey is tied in 5th overall with 11 RBIs and is tied in 1st with highest overall average at .500.
In 2014, Spivey spent some time with affiliated ball before coming to the Frontier League. Spivey was with the Texas Rangers system from 2014 to 2016. During his time in the minors Spivey was with the Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season) and High Desert Mavericks (Class A Advanced). He posted a .261 batting average with a .369 slugging and just 176 strikeouts.
The Frontier League is entering its 25th season in 2017 and includes 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.