Normal CornBelters Santiago Chirino and Lake Erie’s Alex Romero were named Frontier League 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.
Santiago Chirino has spent his entire Frontier League career as part of the Normal CornBelters, he earned his player of the week honors by posting a .519 average while driving in 10. Chirino has also hit safely in all six games while collecting four doubles and one homerun.
The Frontier League all-time hits leader is batting .327 over his career while collecting 106 doubles and 19 homeruns and driving in 254. The Venezuelan native and four-time All-Star has also collected 707 hits during his career.
Alex Romero who is in his first season with the Lake Erie Crushers and earned his honor this week by going 2-0 with one complete game. Romero started two games and pitched 15 innings while striking out 21 batters faced and not allowing a run.
Romero is in his ninth year in professional baseball and has spent time with both the Cincinnati Reds organization as well as the Baltimore Orioles organization. The Venezuelan native has posted a career earned run average of 3.71 through 139 games. Romero who has appeared in 604.2 innings pitched while striking out 459 and posted a 2.56 strikeout to walk ratio.
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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.