SAUGET, Ill. – Otter Starting Pitcher Max Duval and Boomer First-Baseman Seth Spivey have been named Week 7 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.
Max Duval earns his first time honor as the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week. On June 20th, the Evansville Otters played host to the Gateway Grizzlies. Duval went seven innings while allowing only one earned-run, one walk, struck out nine and locked up the 6-3 win. On June 25th, the Otters hosted Southern Illinois as part of a double-header after a rainout on Friday. Max had another dominant outing by going seven innings while allowing one earned run. He walked three and struck-out ten. The righty took the win in game one of the double header with a score of 10-1.
The San Luis Obispo, California native is 5-2 with eight starts on the season. The outstanding starts last week dropped Duval’s ERA to 2.94 (5th overall) on the season. In fifty-two innings pitched (5th overall), he has sixty seven strikeouts (1st overall) and sixteen walks.
Duval has been in the Frontier League on and off since 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Duval had twenty-two total appearances between Schaumburg and the Frontier Greys. The Otters then welcomed him to their organization in 2016. Towards the end of the 2016 season, Max joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before coming back to the Otters at the beginning of the 2017 season.
Schaumburg Boomer Seth Spivey now earns his 3rd Player of the Week award this season (Week 2 and 6). The Boomers played host to the Windy City ThunderBolts and Washington Wild Things both in three game series last week. The righty went 2-3 and scored one run, with a double and four RBIs on June 21st. However, his most noticeable game came against Windy City on June 22nd when the bats truly came alive for the Boomers. Spivey went 4-6 with a double, three runs scored and one run-batted-in when the Boomers won 20-5.
The Brenham, Texas native currently leads the Frontier League with a .443 batting average and forty-one runs-batted-in. Spivey has seven homeruns on the season. Spivey continues his leadership on the field with a 1.000 fielding percentage in one hundred and forty-five putouts and ten assists.
Spivey was with the Texas Rangers organization from 2014 to 2016. During his time in the minors, Spivey played for the Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season) and High Desert Mavericks (Class A Advanced). He posted a .261 batting average with a .369 slugging percentage.
Duval will look to get more starts on the week as the Otters (21-17, 2nd in West) will travel to Normal (20-19, 3rd in West) to take on the CornBelters. In the second series this week, the Otters will host first place Florence Freedom (27-12). With the Otters sweep of Gateway and 2-1 series win over Southern Illinois, the Otters have won nine out of their last fourteen.
The Schaumburg Boomers (28-11, 1st in East) will start their six-game road trip this week when they travel to Joliet (18-20 4th in East) and Lake Erie (16-23, 6th in East). After back to back sweeps two weeks ago against Normal and Gateway, Schaumburg is 3-3 of their last 6 as they went 2-1 versus Windy City and 1-2 versus Washington.
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.