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Kyle Freeland

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Kyle Richard Freeland

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Kyle Freeland was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 35th round of the 2011 amateur draft but did not sign, opting to attend the University of Evansville instead. He was then taken by the Colorado Rockies and scout Scott Corman in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft with the eighth overall pick. He soon signed for $2.3 million and made his pro debut with the Grand Junction Rockies.

Freeland started off his pro career on a very strong note, going 3-0, 1.15 in 10 starts between Grand Junction and the Asheville Tourists in 2014. In 2015, however, he was limited to 9 9 starts, 2 with Grand Junction and 7 with the Modesto Nuts, and was 3-2 with a 4.05 ERA. He was back healthy at the end of the year and managed to make 6 starts in the Arizona Fall League, going 4-1, 2.84. He had his first full season in 2016, going 11-10, 3.89 between the AA Hartford Yard Goats and AAA Albuquerque Isotopes. He pitched 162 innings in 26 games and struck out 108.

In 2017, he made the Rockies' pitching staff out of spring training and was a winner in his debut on April 7th, which was the Rockies' home opener. He pitched a very good game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 in 6 innings. He was credited with his team's 2-1 win and also got his first career hit, off Hyun-Jin Ryu. On July 9th, he made a bid to become only the second pitcher in Rockies history to throw a no-hitter when he held the Chicago White Sox hitless through 8 1/3 innings before Melky Cabrera singled to left field. He left the game at that point in favor of Jordan Lyles, as the two combined on a 10-0 one-hit shutout.

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