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2018 Frontier League Draft Class – Mid Season Update

All-Star break has arrived! That means that it’s time for the mid-season update about the 2018 Frontier League Draft Class.

Out of 34 players drafted, 16 players were on an active roster on Opening Day and an additional player started the season on the DL.

Now, 1 player has been signed to affiliated ball, 9 players are still on an active roster, 2 are on the DL, 1 player is on the suspended list and 4 were released. Here’s a look at how the players are doing.

Still Active:
RHP John Michael Knighton (BeachBums) 3-3 record with a 3.53 ERA in 20 games and 28 IP. Has 18 saves and 29 strikeouts. Member of the Experienced All-Star team.
INF Jeff Cardenas (Grizzlies) .198 average with 18 hits and 9 RBI in 91 AB.
C Cody Clark (Slammers) .139 average with 11 hits, 2 HR and 6 RBI in 79 AB.
C Ronnie Healy (Thunderbolts) .219 average with 14 hits, 1 HR and 9 RBI in 64 AB.
RHP Corey Kimber (Slammers) 3-2 record with a 2.61 ERA in 17 games and 31 IP. Has 34 strikeouts.
3B Zach Lavy (Rascals) .206 average with 29 hits, 6 HR and 16 RBI in 141 AB. Has 3 doubles, 3 triples and 3 stolen bases.
C Trey Fulton (Slammers) .320 average with 33 hits and 7 RBI in 103 AB. Member of the Rookie All-Star team.
RHP Jacob Gangelhoff (Rascals) – released by the Rascals on June 13th but then re-signed with them on July 1st.  Has a 0-0 record and 6.00 ERA in 8 games and 15 IP.
RHP Max Biedrzycki (Crushers) 5-1 record with a 3.80 ERA in 20 games and 26 IP. Has 23 strikeouts.

Signed to affiliated ball:
RHP Jameson McGrane (Freedom) – signed with the Miami Marlins organization after pitching out of the Freedom bullpen. Had a 0.00 ERA and 2 saves in 9 games and 9.1 IP with 19 strikeouts and only 2 hits and 4 walks before signing. Pitched 1 inning picking up the save with the Marlins rookie ball team. Moved up to the Batavia MuckDogs (Short Season) and currently has a 2.08 ERA and 1 save in 4 games and 4.1 IP.

RHP Steven Heilenbach (Thunderbolts) Placed on the 14 day DL on June 6th after pitching in 6 games and 9.1 IP with a 0-1 and 0.96 ERA.
RHP Griffin Kreig (WildThings) Placed on the 14 day DL on May 19th. He appeared in 2 games for 4.1 IP with a 8.30 ERA.

Suspended List:
RHP Ryan McSweeney (Grizzlies) Placed on the suspended list on June 14th. He appeared in 13 games and 17.1 IP with a 1-1 record and 6.23 ERA.

Released since Opening Day:
LHP Michael O’Neal (Slammers) – Started the season on the DL. Released on May 30th without appearing in a game.
LHP William Corsen Carr (BeachBums) Released on June 9th after having a 1-1 record and 9.97 ERA in 11 games and 15.1 IP.
OF Brandon Pugh (Released by Rascals, signed by Freedom) Opened the season with Florence but was traded back to the Rascals on June 13th. Had a .256 average in 82 AB with the Freedom. Then he was released by the Rascals on June 16th after 0 hits in only only 2 games and 4 AB.
RHP Juan Perez (Crushers) Released on June 23rd. Had a 1-1 record with a 7.20 ERA in 6 games (all starts) and 25 IP.

2018 Frontier League Draft Results

As Indy Ball Island has done in the past, we are once again covering the Frontier League draft and what happens to the selected players throughout the season.

This year, 34 players were selected in the Frontier League draft, which is an increase from the 26 players selected last year.

17 pitchers and 17 position players were selected. The even split mirrors what happens last year when 13 of each were taken.

Below is a list of every player taken, their position, and their college or last previous team(s).

1 TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS RHP John Michael Knighton 4 seasons in the Cubs org. Highest level: A
2 WASHINGTON WILD THINGS LHP Jacob Hill University of San Diego
3 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES RHP Ryan McSweeney Walsh University
4 JOLIET SLAMMERS LHP Michael O’Neal Played 1 season of affiliated for Braves (Highest Level AA)

Last year with Rockland (CanAm) and Fargo (American)

5 FLORENCE FREEDOM INF Kent Blackstone Westside Woolly Mammoths (USPBL)
6 NORMAL CORNBELTERS C Brody Andrews Grand Valley State
7 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES INF Jeff Cardenas Northwestern Ohio
RHP Steven Heilenbach Illinois State University
10 WASHINGTON WILD THINGS RHP Griffin Kreig East Tennessee State
11 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Andrew Rohrbach Played 2 games in Rockies org in 2014 (Low A)

Spent last season with Gary (American)

12 SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS C Wilkyns Jiminez Union College (KY)
13 WINDY CITY THUNDERBOLTS C Ronald Healy Grand Canyon University
14 TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS LHP William Corsen Carr Indiana University
15 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS C Jerry Chavarria Mansfield (PA)
16 JOLIET SLAMMERS RHP Corey Kimber Was drafted by Padres in 2012. Played there until 2016. Highest Level High A.
17 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS LHP Trent Lunsford Played with Evansville (Frontier) and Garden City (Pecos)
18 NORMAL CORNBELTERS OF Jean Figueroa Georgia Gwinett
19 RIVER CITY RASCALS C Tanner Devinny Sioux Falls and Winnipeg (American)
20 EVANSVILLE OTTERS C Dylan Hamel Appalachian State
21 FLORENCE FREEDOM RHP Jameson McGrane Empire and Thoroughbred leagues
22 SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS RHP Josh Alberius 1 season with Marlins org. Highest level Low A
23 GATEWAY GRIZZLIES INF Tommy Ziegan SUNY Old Westbury
24 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS C Russell Clark Lincoln Memorial
25 RIVER CITY RASCALS 3B Zach Lavy Gateway Grizzlies (Frontier)
26 FLORENCE FREEDOM 3B Brent Gillespie Gateway (Frontier) and San Rafael (Pacifics)
27 SOUTHERN ILLINOIS MINERS RHP George Capen 1 season Mariners org. Highest level Rookie
28 JOLIET SLAMMERS C Trey Fulton Dayton
29 RIVER CITY RASCALS OF Brandon Pugh Alpine Cowboys (Pecos)
30 JOLIET SLAMMERS RHP Evan Bell Played rookie ball in White Sox org. and with Joplin (American) in 2016.
31 RIVER CITY RASCALS OF Cody Lovejoy Texas State University
32 RIVER CITY RASCALS RHP Jacob Gangelhoff Benedictine (AZ)
33 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Max Birdrzycki Pittsburg Diamonds (Pacific)
34 LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS RHP Juan Perez 6 seasons in the Cardinals org. Highest level: High A


Follow Indy Ball Island all season long as we take a look at where these players are on opening day, a month into the season, at the All-Star break, and at the end of the season.