- Position: LHP
- School: Evansville (College), Junior
- Bats: L, Throws: L
- DOB: May 14, 1993, Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 185
Scouting Grades from MLB.com – Fastball: 65 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 60 | Overall: 60
MLB.com uses the 20-80 scouting scale for future tools: 20-30 – well below average | 40 – below average | 50 – average | 60 – above average | 70-80 – well above average
The recent injuries to RHP Jeff Hoffman and RHP Erick Fedde have forced many of the draft experts to scramble and make educated guesses on which way the Cubs will go with the fourth pick in the upcoming draft. For every report that says the Cubs will take a position player with their first round pick, there is one that says the Cubs will take a starting pitcher, and that the Cubs prefer college arm over high school arms.
LHP Kyle Freeland has improved his draft status this spring to the point where Baseball America’s John Manuel has the Cubs taking him with the fourth pick in his latest mock draft. Baseball America ranks Freeland as the third best lefty in the draft behind LHP Brady Aiken and LHP Carlos Rodon. Both Aiken and Rodon are expected to be off the board by the time the Cubs are on the clock.
According to Baseball America, Kyle Freeland was clocked at 96 mph in the fall after sitting in the 89-93 mph range last summer in the Cape Cod League. Freeland “gets swings and misses with his fastball” and throws what Baseball America described as a hard slider in the mid-80s (85-86 mph). MLB.com indicated Freeman “throws a true slider in the low-80s and can turn it into more of a mid-80s cutter at times.” Freeman can locate “a solid-average curveball” and throws a changeup that “can be too firm at times but has good tumble when it’s on.” BA described Freeman as having “a loose arm and plus-plus control.”
There are questions if Kyle Freeland will be able to stick as a starter due to his delivery. Baseball America mentioned “a head jerk” being in his delivery while MLB.com points to a “lower arm angle and features more effort in his delivery than scouts would like to see in his delivery.” Both BA and MLB.com agree that if Freeman does not end up as a starter it would be because of his delivery. Baseball America pointed out Freeman “has shown the athleticism to repeat” his delivery. And he throws a lot of strikes.
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In 13 starts this season, Kyle Freeland is 10-1 with a 1.62 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP. Freeland has given up 74 hits with nine walks and 122 strikeouts in 94 2/3 innings.
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