Chris Breen celebrated being named Frontier League Player of the Week by belting a pair of home runs and accumulating five runs batted in to spark the Evansville Otters to a 10-4 victory over host Gateway on Monday. Breen finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored for the Otters, who improved to 10-6. They are a game ahead of Southern Illinois (8-6) and Gateway (9-7) in the West Division.
Breen, in his first season with the Otters, recorded at least one hit in each of his team’s six games. It marked the second week in a row that an Otters player received this honor; last week was Nik Balog. Breen went 3-4 against the Rascals, with a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored. He then followed that performance with a 3-3 night on Saturday, with a double and a run scored. Before joining the Frontier League, Breen spent time in the South Atlantic League, Gulf Coast League, and New-York Pennsylvania League with the Yankees organization. Originally from Winter Springs, Florida the 22–year- old was drafted in the 12th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Winter Springs High School.
Southern Illinois’ Rick Teasley was Pitcher of the Week, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation. Teasley is 1-0 this season with a 1.42 ERA in 3 games pitched and 19 innings.