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2017 Frontier League Draft Class – One Month Later

We are about one month into the Frontier League season, so it is time to check in to see how the players from the 2017 draft are doing with their teams.


16 drafted players started the season on a roster for Opening Day. As of June 18th, ten of those players are still on a roster. One player changed positions (drafted as a catcher and has become a pitcher). One is playing both a position and pitching. Two players are on different teams than the one that drafted them. Another player is currently on the DL.

One additional player who was released before opening day is now playing for the team that originally drafted him.

The remaining players:
Aaron Burns (RHP) R1 WildThings – In 6 games (4 starts, 22 IP), he has a 2.45 ERA with 16 K and a 0-0 record.
Cosimo Cannella (1B) R1 Boomers – Has a .266 avg in 17 games (64 AB) with 9 RBI and 1 HR.
Brook Clark (UTL) R1 Beach Bums – He has a .240 avg in 10 games (25 AB) with 3 RBI.
Matt Sabel (LHP) R1 WildThings – He has a 6.23 ERA with 6 K in 9 games (8.2 IP).
Stephen Swagerty (RHP) R1 Rascals – In 11 games (8.2 IP), he has a 0-2 record and a 9.34 ERA with 11 K and 12 BB.
Brian McKenna (RHP) R1 Slammers – Moved from catcher to pitcher. In 10 games (10.1 IP), he has a 2.61 ERA with 9 K and 10 BB.
Kyle Carter (OF) R2 Cornbelters – He has played as both a position player and a pitcher this season. In 5 games (8 AB), he has a .250 avg. As a pitcher, he has pitched in 4 games (5.1 IP) with a 6.75 ERA.
Cody Mincey (RHP) R1 Thunderbolts – Placed on waivers. Picked up by Rascals. He has a combined ERA of 5.25 and 2-0 record with 14 K in 13 games (12 IP).
Ryan O’Malley (3B) R2 Miners – Released by Miners. Picked up by Grizzlies. Placed on waivers. Picked up by Boomers. In 17 total games (49 AB), he has a .224 avg with 4 RBI and 1 HR.
Austin Goss (RHP) R1 Boomers – On the DL since June 3rd. In 5 games (10.1 IP), he has a 4.35 ERA and a 1-0 record.

Steven Pollakov (C) Slammers – RELEASED on May 11th. Re-signed to the Slammers May 13th. He has a .217 avg with 5 RBI in 18 games (46 AB).

The released players:

Chris Amato (SS) R1 Miners – Traded to Thunderbolts. Released May 23rd. Did not play.
Danny Britt (C) R1 Thunderbolts – Released May 23rd. Only played 1 game with no hits and one walk.
Chris Dula (RHP) Exp Grizzlies – Released May 23rd. In 1 game (1 IP), he allowed 2 ER (18.00 ERA).
Colin Kelly (RHP) R1 Grizzlies – Released May 23rd. He had a 10.12 ERA in just 3 games (2.2 IP).
Nick Bozman (LHP) R1 Crushers – Released May 30th. He had a 10.80 ERA and 0-1 record in 4 games (5IP).
Bob Wheatley (LHP) Exp Cornbelters – Released June 13th. In 5 games (all starts – 21.2 IP), he had a 2-3 record with a 7.06 ERA.


2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Opening Day


Opening Day for the Frontier League has arrived. It’s time for our first official update of the 2017 Frontier League Draft Class.

Out of the 26 players drafted, 16 players are on an Opening Day roster in the Frontier League. This is up from last year when only 9 of 30 made it through to the start of regular season.

It was also a great year for rookies as well. Of the 16 players, 14 players are listed as a rookie (either R1 or R2).

Here are the 16 players that will be starting the season in the Frontier League this year along with their positions and classifications:
Pick 1: Schaumburg Boomers, Austin Goss (RHP) Rookie-1
Pick 2: Windy City Thunderbolts, Cody Mincey (RHP) Rookie-1
Pick 5: Normal CornBelters, Bob Wheatley (LHP) Experienced
Pick 6: Lake Erie Crushers, Nick Bozman (LHP) Rookie-1
Pick 7: Washington Wild Things, Aaron Burns (RHP) Rookie-1
Pick 8: Schaumburg Boomers, Cosimo Cannella (1B) Rookie-1
Pick 9: River City Rascals, Stephen Swagerty (RHP) Rookie-1
Pick 12: Southern Illinois Miners, Ryan O’Malley (3B) Rookie-2
Pick 14: Windy City Thunderbolts, Danny Britt (C) Rookie-1
Pick 15: Traverse City Beach Bums, Brook Clark (UTL) Rookie-1
Pick 16: Gateway Grizzlies, Chris Dula (RHP) Experienced
Pick 17: Normal CornBelters, Kyle Carter (OF) Rookie-2
Pick 19: Washington Wild Things, Matt Sabel (LHP) Rookie-1
Pick 22: Joliet Slammers, Brian McKenna (C) Rookie-1 *Now listed as a Pitcher
Pick 24: Southern Illinois Miners, Chris Amato (SS) (Traded to the Windy City Thunderbolts) Rookie-1
Pick 28: Gateway Grizzlies, Colin Kelly (RHP) Rookie-1

Catchers took the biggest hit this year with 5 of the 7 drafted catchers getting released, with additional drafted catcher now listed as a pitcher.

The list of drafted players released:

Pick 3: Traverse City Beach Bums, James Simpson (C) RELEASED
Pick 10: Joliet Slammers, Steven Pollakov (C) RELEASED
Pick 11: Evansville Otters, Andrew Bynum (C) RELEASED
Pick 18: Florence Freedom, Mark Fowler (OF) RELEASED
Pick 20: Lake Erie Crushers, Roman Gomez (RHP) RELASED
Pick 21: River City Rascals, Trevor Jaunich (RHP) RELEASED
Pick 23: Evansville Otters, Ryan Cheek (RHP) RELEASED
Pick 30: Florence Freedom, Lucas Owens (C) RELEASED
Pick 33: River City Rascals, Dillon Clift, (C) RELEASED
Pick 37: River City Rascals, Matthew Haskins (OF) RELEASED

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