Freeman received an invitation to the Indians' major-league camp Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. The 21-year-old spent 2020 at Cleveland's alternate training site and showed off some of his power with eight home runs, and he'll now receive another chance to showcase himself for the organization. Freeman topped out at High-A in 2019 and had a .751 OPS in 62 games, and he could be ticketed for the upper minors in 2021.
Freeman has hit eight home runs thus far at Cleveland's alternate training site. There are no official stats for prospects playing at alternate training sites, but there have been various videos on Twitter of Freeman hitting homers at the alternate site, and a member of his family posted on Sept. 7 that Freeman has hit three home runs in three days and is now up to eight on the summer. Freeman's doubters have pointed to his lack of over-the-fence power in the lower levels of the minors, but he has an excellent hit tool and it looks like some of his doubles are starting to clear the fence. His stock is trending up and he could reach the big leagues sometime next season if he stays on this trajectory.
Freeman will be a part of the Indians' 60-man player pool this season. Freeman is one of the best prospects in Cleveland's system, and he projects to be an everyday middle infielder sometime in the next couple years. However, he played 62 games at High-A to close 2019, so he is not quite ready for significant run in the majors.
Freeman was promoted to High-A Lynchburg on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports. The 20-year-old put together a nice first half of the season with Low-A Lake County, registering a solid slash line of .292/.382/.424 with three home runs and 24 RBI in his first year with the full-season squad. Through 61 games, Freeman already has more runs (51) than he had in 72 games with the short-season team last year (49).
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