Kyle Freeland
Kyle Freeland
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Among the bigger surprises in fantasy baseball last year, Freeland went on an extended run in which he seemingly threw six innings and picked up a win every time out. The peripheral numbers and ERA estimators don't paint as rosy a picture (12.2 K-BB%, 3.67 FIP), but keep in mind that he has beaten the publicly-available estimators at literally every single stop since he was drafted with the eighth overall pick in the 2014 first-year player draft. His familiarly with the Denver air -- he grew up there -- seems to help his cause. That may seem like a bunk narrative, but Freeland has posted better numbers at Coors Field than on the road in each of his two seasons. We like German Marquez's chances of sustaining his success more, but Freeland has good command and plenty of job security. Don't write off what he did in 2018 as a total fluke. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Rockies for approximately $2.5 million in June of 2014.
Picks up second win
PColorado Rockies
April 18, 2019
Freeland (2-3) picked up the win against the Phillies on Thursday, giving up just two hits and no runs over six strong innings, striking out seven and walking none in Colorado's 6-2 victory.
It was a stellar effort from the left-hander, who bagged his second win of the season while lowering his ERA to 4.23 through 27.2 innings to go along with a 30:10 K:BB. His exit after 86 pitches was due to a blister that popped up during his last start, per Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, but his removal may have been a precautionary measure with the Rockies leading. If the blister doesn't cause him to miss a turn in the rotation, Freeland is slated to take mound next at home against the Nationals on Tuesday.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .243 357 100 25 77 12 1 7
Since 2017vs Right .260 1294 210 118 297 50 10 30
2019vs Left .409 23 8 1 9 0 0 1
2019vs Right .169 96 22 9 14 2 2 2
2018vs Left .185 180 50 16 29 3 1 2
2018vs Right .255 664 123 54 153 23 5 15
2017vs Left .283 154 42 8 39 9 0 4
2017vs Right .284 534 65 55 130 25 3 13
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Since 2017Home 3.19 1.29 191.2 17 11 0 7.6 3.3 0.9
Since 2017Away 3.70 1.39 194.1 13 10 0 6.9 3.4 0.8
2019Home 5.73 1.18 11.0 1 1 0 8.2 3.3 0.8
2019Away 3.24 1.20 16.2 1 2 0 10.8 3.2 1.1
2018Home 2.40 1.17 93.2 10 2 0 8.3 3.0 1.1
2018Away 3.23 1.31 108.2 7 5 0 7.2 3.2 0.5
2017Home 3.72 1.43 87.0 6 8 0 6.8 3.6 0.7
2017Away 4.57 1.57 69.0 5 3 0 5.3 3.7 1.3
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How does Kyle Freeland compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 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
Freeland managed to leverage a strong spring training performance into a major-league rotation spot and the results were generally encouraging. In 28 starts and five relief appearances -- the Rockies wanted to limit his workload -- the young southpaw posted a 4.10 ERA and 1.49 ERA. He faded a lot in the second half of the season, as his ERA and WHIP sat at the more respectable levels of 3.77 and 1.40 at the All-Star break. He's just 24 years old, so there's definitely potential for improvement in the coming years. From a fantasy perspective, his K:BB leaves a lot to be desired, but his groundball-heavy approach bodes well as he pitches in Colorado. Freeland appears to have the inside track to the final rotation spot heading into spring training.
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.
Freeland may have been out of sight and out of the minds of many for most of 2015, but there are reasons not to forget about the No. 8 pick in the 2014 draft. He has been sidelined for much of his professional career, first with shoulder fatigue, then following a procedure to remove bone chips in his elbow. However, he returned to the mound in late July, first for two starts at rookie ball, and then finishing with seven starts for High-A Modesto. A 4.05 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, and 28:10 K:BB over 46.2 innings across both stops probably won’t excite dynasty league owners, and the lack of strikeouts are particularly concerning, but he gets a bit of pass considering it was his first game action in almost a year. Good size and athleticism should aid him in the upper levels, and if his stuff returns to where it was two years ago, Freeland could still reach his potential as a No. 3 starter.
Following a dazzling junior year at the University of Evansville, Freeland was selected eighth overall by the Rockies in the 2014 first-year player draft. The Rockies made quick work in signing the left-hander, who debuted with their rookie club in July before finishing the season with five starts at Low-A Asheville, where he gave up just two runs and struck out 18 batters over 21.2 innings. The Rockies intentionally capped his pitch counts due to the high number of innings he had thrown for Evansville in the spring, but he’ll be on tap for a full workload in 2015, perhaps opening the season a level up in the California League. The 21-year-old doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but does an excellent job of painting the strike zone with his low-90s fastball, low-80s slider and an improving changeup. His early success has been encouraging and could allow him to rise through the Rockies’ system quickly, but he’ll first need to prove himself against the competition in the upper minors before receiving a big-league shot.
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To make next start
PColorado Rockies
April 15, 2019
Freeland (finger) is in line to start Thursday against the Padres, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
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Exits with blister
PColorado Rockies
April 13, 2019
Freeland, who gave up three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in five innings Saturday against the Giants, exited the start with a blister on his finger, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Rocked for seven runs
PColorado Rockies
April 8, 2019
Freeland (1-2) took the loss against the Braves on Monday, giving up seven runs on seven hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out three batters.
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Takes loss, whiffs 10
PColorado Rockies
April 2, 2019
Freeland (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks while striking out 10 across 4.2 innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Rays.
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Sharp in first start
PColorado Rockies
March 28, 2019
Freeland (1-0) picked up the win against the Marlins on Thursday, giving up just two hits and one earned run over seven strong innings, striking out five and walking one in Colorado's 6-3 victory.
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