SAUGET, Ill. – Lake Erie Crusher Jordan Kurokawa and Evansville Otter Dane Phillips have been named Week 5 Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Jordan Kurokawa, who is in his first season in the Frontier League, led the Lake Erie Crushers with a win over the Gateway Grizzlies and also had a no-decision against the Southern Illinois Miners this past week. This is Jordan’s first Frontier League Pitcher of the Week Honors.
On June 6, Lake Erie hosted the Southern Illinois Miners for a 3 game series. Kurokawa was able to hold the Miner bats down as he held them to 1 earned run while striking out 5 and allowing only 2 walks. Kurokawa’s 7 innings was enough to help the Crushers out as they went on to win the game 2-1.
On June 11, the Crushers hosted the Grizzlies. Kurokawa then also managed a quality start and let the Crushers go to work. He then went 7 innings, striking out 6, and allowed 0 walks. He did hold the Grizzlies to 7 hits but the Crushers defense had their pitchers back as Kurokawa only allowed 1 earned run while also nabbing a 7-4 win.
On the season, Kurokawa sits on a 2-1 record with an ERA of 2.55. The 6’3 righty only has 4 starts on the season but has 18 strikeouts with 4 walks and 23 hits allowed.
Kurokawa, hails from Honolulu and attended college at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2016, Kurokawa was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 28th round at the MLB Amateur Draft. Jordan finished with a record of 1-3 in Rookie Ball.
Dane Phillips’ hot hitting streak landed him this week’s Player of the Week. Phillips now in his 3rd season with the Frontier League, also earns his first Player of the Week honors. Phillips made all 6 starts over the last week with 5 of them coming behind the plate. This past week, the Otters hosted the Windy City ThunderBolts and traveled to Traverse City.
On June 8, Dane went the distance and hit a Grand Slam against ThunderBolt, Kyle Von Ruden (2017 Week 3 Pitcher of the Week). In the 6-game stretch. Phillips tallied 3 home runs, 13 RBI, 14 hits, and 1 walk. His batting average on the week currently sits at .519.
On June 10, the Otter bats came alive as they sat the Beach Bums down 21-6. In that match-up, Phillips had a 3-run bomb that scored Brandon Soat and Josh Allen. Phillips also added a home run in the Otters 3-11 loss on Sunday.
Dane is no stranger to the Frontier League. Phillips, in his 3rd season, has been a proven leader as taking charge of behind the plate duties. In his Otters career, he has a total of 100 appearances, .307 batting average, 20 homers, and 81 RBI.
Phillips attended college at the University of Oklahoma. He was then drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2012. Over his time in affiliated ball, Dane spent time with the Eugene Emeralds, Lake Elsinore Storm, and the Fort Wayne Tin Caps.
Kurokawa looks to get another quality start as the Crushers now 12-15, look to get back on the winning side as they travel to Evansville to take on the Otters and Southern Illinois to take on the Miners (9-18).
The Otters(13-14), who are the 2016 Frontier League Champions, will also look to get back on track will host Lake Erie and will travel to Washington to take on the Wild Things(14-13).
The Frontier League is currently in 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.