Florence Freedom pitcher Steve Hagen and position player Jordan Brower were named Frontier League Pitcher and Players of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Steve Hagen came to Florence from a trade with Lake Erie on July 29, 2017. In his first start of the season Hagen picked up the win over Joliet (10-1) going six innings while striking out 8 and not allowing a run.
Prior to joining the Florence Freedom, Hagen spent the previous three years for the Lake Erie Crushers, where Hagen also earned the starting pitching spot on the East Division All-Star Team in 2016. Hagen posts a career 17-12 record and 3.69 ERA in 270.2 innings.
Jordan Brower who came to Florence in 2016 after appearing in 13 games that year with Southern Illinois, earned his honor after hitting .538 over the weekend with one home run and seven runs batted in. While also helping the defending West Division Champions jump out to a 3-0 record.
Brower who represented Florence in the 2017 All-Star game hit his first home run of the season while also driving in 4 in game two as the Florence Freedom went on to down Joliet 12-6. Brower is posting a .313 career batting average with 12 homeruns and 104 runs batted in.
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 34 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.
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