Oldham Scores Freedom's Fourth Player of the Week Honor
Tue, 08/09/2016 - 10:39 RCN Newsdesk
With his signature bright pink batting gloves, Florence Freedom infielder Taylor Oldham and his gloves had a great stretch at the plate, earning him his first Frontier League Player of the Week honor and the fourth for the Freedom this season.
Oldham joins outfielder Andrew Godbold along with pitchers Jeremy Gooding and Jordan Kraus as previous recipients of the weekly honor.
Taylor's award-winning week included hitting a superb .429 ( 9 for 21 ) with eight runs scored, six RBI, three home runs (one each in consecutive games), and two doubles as the Freedom went 3-3 for the week.
Continuing to be one of the Frontier League's premier hitters, Oldham ranks eighth in RBI (53), tied for seventh in home runs (11), seventh in batting average (.324), sixth in on-base percentage (.402) and third in hits (88) and runs scored (55).
Oldham has played in all 74 games so far this season. Clearly one of the more resilient players on the team this guy seems to always play bruised and battered saying recently, "We're 24, 25 year old guys out here but sometimes my body feels like I'm 45, but you play through it."
And through it all he leads the Freedom in all six of the above-mentioned statistical measures.
While still mathematically possible with 24 games remaining in the regular season, time is running out for Florence's playoff berth hopes as they need to leap seven teams to do so.
The last place Freedom are 31 - 41 and 17 games behind first place. The team returns home to UC Health Stadium Friday to host a weekend three-game series with the Gateway Grizzlies (37 - 37).
-Erik Lake, RCN contributor