Sam Freeman
Sam Freeman
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Atlanta Braves
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Freeman upped the use of his slider, and increased the velocity on his fastball to its highest mark since 2013 (95.1 mph) to become a useful member of the Atlanta bullpen last season. Walks have always been an issue for Freeman, who has managed just one season below 4.0 BB/9 over six big-league campaigns. At his best, he induces a lot of outs on the ground, and 2017 marked the second time in his career that he thrived in that regard, as his 58.5 percent groundball rate was a new high. It's unlikely that he'll log enough innings to help as a staff filler, and most of his appeal to the Braves likely comes from his ability to get out of a jam with runners on base by getting hitters to pound the ball into the ground. As a result, he lacks appeal to fantasy players, even in simulation formats, where his propensity to issue free passes makes him very risky. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.075 million contract with the Braves in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Returns from DL
PAtlanta Braves
August 19, 2018
The Braves reinstated Freeman (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list Sunday.
Freeman wrapped up a three-game minor-league rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen and should settle back into a middle-relief role for the big club. The lefty, who had been sidelined since late July with shoulder inflammation, maintains a 5.45 ERA and 1.51 WHIP over 49 appearances for the Braves this season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .218 208 58 23 39 7 0 3
Since 2016vs Right .247 306 67 45 63 8 0 5
2018vs Left .233 89 27 14 17 4 0 2
2018vs Right .226 127 31 18 24 3 0 1
2017vs Left .191 104 27 6 18 2 0 1
2017vs Right .234 150 32 21 30 4 0 2
2016vs Left .333 15 4 3 4 1 0 0
2016vs Right .429 29 4 6 9 1 0 2
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Since 2016Home 5.10 1.48 59.0 0 3 0 8.3 5.0 0.8
Since 2016Away 2.79 1.40 57.0 5 2 0 10.9 5.4 0.5
2018Home 5.92 1.52 24.1 0 3 0 9.2 5.2 0.4
2018Away 2.77 1.38 26.0 3 2 0 11.4 6.2 0.7
2017Home 2.70 1.29 33.1 0 0 0 7.6 4.6 0.5
2017Away 2.36 1.20 26.2 2 0 0 10.5 3.4 0.3
2016Home 30.86 3.86 2.1 0 0 0 7.7 7.7 7.7
2016Away 5.06 2.44 5.1 0 0 0 10.1 11.8 0.0
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How does Sam Freeman compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Freeman was designated for assignment by Texas in the last round of roster cuts to begin the year, but he resurfaced in early May and spent the rest of the year pitching out of the bullpen. He was only marginally effective, walking far too many batters (5.9 BB/9) and showing reverse splits for the second straight season. Freeman is a poor choice as a lefty-specialist as a result, and makes a poor choice for pitching multiple innings thanks to his poor control, so there's a real chance that he'll find himself on the outskirts of a Rangers bullpen fortified with a trio of young arms (Keone Kela, Sam Dyson, Jake Diekman) over the course of last season.
Freeman pitched well for the Cardinals in 2014, splitting time between Triple-A Memphis and St. Louis during the season's first couple months before becoming a permanent fixture in the bullpen for the Cardinals. He posted an excellent 2.61 ERA while striking out 35 in 38 innings and accruing two wins and 11 holds. His 1.39 WHIP and 3.92 xFIP indicates that his ERA was a bit lucky and he probably won't be so fortunate in 2015. Still, the Cardinals have struggled to a degree to produce reliable bullpen arms and if he can continue to pitch well the 27-year-old could stay in the St. Louis bullpen for the entire 2015 season. If he can rack up holds and miss a few more bats he could provide some sneaky fantasy value in deeper leagues.
Freeman logged 12.1 innings late in the 2013 season and fared much better than his first time around in 2012, posting a solid 2.19 ERA in his limited role. Freeman's 4.63 xFIP should temper any expectations for a bigger breakout in 2014, but it's worth noting that his 16.0% strikeout rate was significantly lower than his minor league numbers. The latter suggests that he could develop into a serviceable bullpen arm. At 26, and with only 32.1 innings under his belt, 2014 will likely be a make-or-break season for him with the Cardinals.
If you don't remember that Freeman pitched 24 games for the Cardinals last year, don't feel bad. Nearly every appearance was an inning or less, and he gave up 13 runs and 10 walks in just 20 innings. Still, the 25-year-old jumped a couple of levels in 2012 and struck out 27 batters in 30.1 Triple-A innings. He'll probably be up-and-down for St. Louis this year as one of the final options in the bullpen.
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Shifts rehab to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves
August 15, 2018
Freeman (shoulder) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Gwinnett and tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday in his appearance against Louisville. He worked around a hit and walk and struck out a batter while capturing the win in relief.
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Begins rehab assignment
PAtlanta Braves
August 12, 2018
Freeman (shoulder) starts a minor-league rehab assignment at Low-A Rome on Sunday, David O'Brien of The Athletic Atlanta reports.
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Put on DL
PAtlanta Braves
July 30, 2018
Freeman was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to left shoulder inflammation retroactive to Sunday.
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Struggles continue in loss to Brewers
PAtlanta Braves
July 9, 2018
Freeman gave up a run on two hits and two walks over two-thirds of an inning while striking out one in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
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Will have workload scaled back
PAtlanta Braves
April 24, 2018
Freeman will have his usage scaled back after pitching in 14 of the Braves' first 21 games this season, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.
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