Kyle Freeland
Kyle Freeland
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Colorado Rockies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Freeland had a career-worst 6.73 ERA in 2019, but his ERA indicators suggested that he may have been relatively unlucky. He got rid of the cutter and introduced a curveball in 2020 while improving to a 4.33 ERA. In addition, his 4.55 xFIP and 4.95 SIERA were similar to his marks from earlier in his career. While 2019's struggles may have been an anomaly, his 15.1 K% during the abbreviated 2020 season ranked second-worst among qualified starters and hindered his fantasy value. The southpaw struggled to limit hard contact in 2019, but he settled down in 2020 with a 5.6% barrel rate and a 51.5 GB% that was sixth-best among qualified starters. Pitchers at Coors Field carry warning labels, but Freeland bounced back over a smaller sample in 2020. He was one of the best at forcing groundballs last season despite his struggles to force strikeouts, and his fantasy outlook is slightly more promising in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#561
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $5.03 million contract with the Rockies in January of 2021.
Tough-luck loser
PColorado Rockies
July 25, 2021
Freeland (1-5) lost Saturday's 1-0 contest against the Dodgers, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings.
ANALYSIS
Freeland navigated a potent Los Angeles lineup and required just 89 pitches to endure seven strong innings, but he ended up the loser as Colorado managed just two hits against Los Angeles' staff. The lefty has lost three straight starts despite a solid 3.50 ERA over the stretch and will look to get back in the win column against San Diego next week.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
81
Last 10 Games
81
Last 5 Games
81
How many pitches does Kyle Freeland generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Kyle Freeland generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .293 216 47 13 58 8 0 9
Since 2019vs Right .284 786 118 65 201 39 7 35
2021vs Left .316 66 12 5 18 3 0 3
2021vs Right .286 176 30 13 46 10 0 8
2020vs Left .263 61 14 4 15 1 0 3
2020vs Right .263 226 30 17 54 12 0 5
2019vs Left .298 89 21 4 25 4 0 3
2019vs Right .295 384 58 35 101 17 7 22
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-6%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.53 1.59 111.2 4 7 0 5.6 2.6 2.1
Since 2019Away 4.61 1.43 119.0 2 12 0 7.3 3.6 1.4
2021Home 4.56 1.48 25.2 1 2 0 6.3 2.5 1.8
2021Away 5.10 1.47 30.0 0 3 0 7.2 3.3 1.8
2020Home 4.46 1.43 38.1 1 1 0 4.9 2.1 1.2
2020Away 4.18 1.39 32.1 1 2 0 7.0 3.9 1.1
2019Home 9.25 1.76 47.2 2 4 0 5.9 3.0 3.0
2019Away 4.61 1.43 56.2 1 7 0 7.6 3.7 1.4
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.33
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
2.9
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
4.85
 
WHIP
1.47
 
BABIP
.316
 
GB/FB
1.35
 
Left On Base
76.6%
 
Exit Velocity
82.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
2218 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.3%
 
Swinging Strike
7.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While 2017 and 2018 were seasons testing the theory that you should not draft pitchers in Colorado, 2019 was a harsh reminder that theory has many fans for a reason. Hitters made a lot of loud contact off Freeland, but he had moments where things worked. He had three starts in which he went six or more innings with one or zero earned runs. He also had four starts in which he allowed seven or more earned runs. He is a matchup play right now, as he was crushed at home last year (9.82 ERA), but historically, his home and road ERAs are not even half a run apart. He needs a change in approach against righties as a lineup loaded with righties will give Freeland a lot of trouble. The fastball/cutter life works on the road against lineups with a heavy-lefty presence, but he is otherwise a risky roster asset. This has future long reliever written all over it unless his changeup improves.
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.
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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Fires quality start despite loss
PColorado Rockies
July 17, 2021
Freeland (1-4) allowed three earned runs on six hits while striking out four across six innings, taking the loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
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Scheduled to pitch over weekend
PColorado Rockies
July 12, 2021
Freeland (finger) is listed as the Rockies' probable starting pitcher for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
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Dealing with blister
PColorado Rockies
Finger
July 10, 2021
Freeland exited Friday's game after five innings due to a blister on his left middle finger, Daniel Guerrero of MLB.com reports.
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Loss in brief outing
PColorado Rockies
July 9, 2021
Freeland (1-3) lost Friday's 4-2 game against San Diego, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in five innings.
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Fires six shutout innings
PColorado Rockies
July 4, 2021
Freeland fired six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks while striking out three against the Cardinals on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
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