Tyler Freeman
21-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cleveland Indians AA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
It is as clear as ever that Freeman has one of the best hit tools in the minors. He logged LD% north of 24.0 and Oppo% of at least 33.3 at Low-A and High-A while striking out at a 9.7% clip. Freeman does not have a physical build (6-foot, 170 pounds), but he is a great athlete with strong wrists and good bat speed, which allows him to impact the baseball. He only has seven home runs in 231 games, but has banged 70 doubles in that span, and like with most young hitting prospects with good hit tools, power will be the last tool to show up. His above-average speed and good instincts led to 19 steals on just 24 attempts, which adds another layer to his long-term fantasy value. His arm is a better fit at second base, where he could be a plus defender. It's all about his bat though, and if he continues to hit as expected, he could be the Indians' leadoff hitter at some point in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Indians in July of 2017 that includes a $816,500 signing bonus.
Tapping into power
SSCleveland Indians  AA
September 9, 2020
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 knocking the cover off the ball, 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.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
One of the most underrated prospects in the minors, Freeman lacks loud power or elite speed, but is athletic, has a high baseball IQ, and most importantly, can flat out hit. The seventh-youngest hitter in the New York-Penn League, Freeman led the league in AVG (.352) and doubles (29), finished second in wRC+ (168) and logged a league-best 7.3 K%. He has a chance to stick at shortstop, and the furthest he would fall down the defensive spectrum would be to second base, where his defense could be plus. In addition to elite bat-to-ball ability, he uses the whole field (35.1 Oppo%) and hit .328/.398/.485 against same-handed pitching, so high batting averages should be bankable as he moves up the ladder. His speed grades out as above-average, and he has good instincts on the bases, so he should steal double-digit bases annually. Players of his ilk sometimes overshoot their fringe-average power projections, but he should be valuable in fantasy even if he never does.
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In 60-man player pool
SSCleveland Indians  AA
June 28, 2020
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Promoted to High-A
SSCleveland Indians  AA
June 19, 2019
Freeman was promoted to High-A Lynchburg on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
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Riding 18-game hitting streak
SSCleveland Indians  AA
August 7, 2018
Freeman went 1-for-4 with a double Monday in short-season Mahoning Valley's 4-3 loss to State College.
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Returns solid results in first pro season
SSCleveland Indians  AA
September 18, 2017
Freeman slashed .297/.364/.414 with 14 RBI, 19 runs and five stolen bases in during his first professional season in the Arizona League.
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Goes to Indians with 71st overall pick
SSCleveland Indians  AA
June 12, 2017
The Indians have selected Freeman with the 71st overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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