Kyle Freeland

#73 SP / Colorado Rockies / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 195 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    Kyle Freeland has not quite lived up to expectations as a first-round pick in 2014, but he still may end up being a serviceable big-league hurler. The lefty is a groundball pitcher, which is particularly important since he will play his future home games in the thin air of Colorado. His control is also above-average, and he got stronger in that department as the season progressed; Freeland walked just 19 batters in 73.2 innings at Triple-A to finish the season. The limiting factor is his lack of strikeouts. Freeland managed just 108 strikeouts in 162 combined innings in 2016, and his strikeout rate was no better the season before at High-A. He may be given a chance to compete for a rotation spot in spring training, but Freeland will likely end up back at Triple-A to begin the campaign with the chance to appear in the big leagues as a reliever later in the season.

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    • Freeland is competing for one of the final two spots in the Rockies' rotation, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings Wednesday, and now boasts a 2.25 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 16 innings this spring. Four of the Rockies' top young arms (Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez, Antonio Senzatela and Freeland) are competing for the final two spots in the rotation. Hoffman and Marquez are the favorites to start the year in the rotation, but Freeland's spring will not go unnoticed, and he figures to earn at least a handful of starts at some point this year.

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    • Rockies' Kyle Freeland: Invited to Rockies camp
      By RotoWire Staff

      Freeland was invited to Rockies camp for spring training. The 23-year-old split time between Double-A and Triple-A last year, logging 73.2 innings at Triple-A while working toward a 3.91 ERA in the process. Although he is viewed as a starter in the long run, the Rockies could feature him in the bullpen to start his career, especially with his solid repertoire from the left side.

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    • The Rockies will look at using Freeland in the bullpen in 2017, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports. After logging 73.2 innings at Triple-A last year, Freeland is knocking on the door of the majors, but does not have an obvious avenue to a rotation spot. His solid repertoire from the left side would likely play up in short stints, but he would be unlikely to see any save opportunities in 2017. While he may make his big league debut in the bullpen, the Rockies will likely to continue to view Freeland as a starter long term.

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    • Freeland, 23, has a 4.09 ERA and 50:15 K:BB in 61.2 innings since being promoted to Triple-A. Freeland's strikeout rate has improved since being promoted from Double-A, and he is still inducing a bevy of ground balls. That being said, opposing batters are hitting .288 against him at Triple-A. Home runs have also been an issue in 2016, as he has allowed 14 dingers in 24 starts. If Freeland cannot consistently keep the ball down, he will be punished, particularly in the thin air in Colorado.

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    • Freeland, 23, has a 3.42 ERA and 41:17 K:BB through 68.1 innings for Double-A Hartford. Opposing batters are hitting .235 against Freeland, who has been inducing a bevy of ground balls this season. However, his strikeout numbers have been down, a curious development for a player drafted in the first round in 2014. His fantasy value takes a big hit if he can't get his strikeout rate up.

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