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Experience… How Much Does It Really Matter in the Frontier League?

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The Frontier League is the only independent league (of the top four – Atlantic, American Association, Can-Am, and Frontier) that has a maximum age for players.

The league prides itself on being a league for younger players who are looking to get promoted, either to affiliated baseball or to a “higher” independent league.

This results in a wide range of experience for players on Frontier League rosters.  While they have their own designations for experience levels (Rookie-1, Rookie-2, Experienced, Veteran), these levels are broken down by total pro experience including both affiliated and independent playing time.

This article breaks it down a step further and disregards total years of experience, while focusing solely on the type of experience. Each roster is broken down by the number of players who have regular season affiliated experience, independent league experience only, and then the players who have college only experience and are true professional rookies.

Here is the break down of every Frontier League team’s active roster as of 5/15/17.

 Affiliated
Experience
Indy
Only
 College
Only
 Joliet
Slammers
 13  7 3

 Lake Erie
Crushers

 9  13  2

 Schaumburg
Boomers

 13  8  3
 Traverse City Beach Bums  9  10  4

 Washington
Wild Things

 14  6  4
 Windy City
Thunderbolts
 8  12  4
 Evansville
Otters
13 6 5
Florence
Freedom
4 15 5
 Gateway
Grizzlies
 12  4  8
 Normal
Cornbelters
 13  6  5
 River City
Rascals
 8  12  4
 Southern
Illinois Miners
9 10 5

*Roughly half of the affiliated players were just released from an organization and have no independent league experience, the other half have been in indy ball for at least a full season, including some for multiple seasons.

Throughout the season, Indy Ball Island will check these numbers. Do they stay at relatively the same ratio, or will one specific group’s numbers fall or rise as the season continues.

We’ll also look at if the type of experience on each team matters when it comes to the overall league standings.

Currently the team full of the least amount of affiliated experience players (the Florence Freedom) are 6-0 and at the top of the Frontier League West Division standings.

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2017 Frontier League Draft Class – Opening Day

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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

Follow along and subscribe as we update the players’ progress throughout the season!