Kyle Freeland
Kyle Freeland
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed with the Rockies for approximately $2.5 million in June of 2014.
Set for Game 4 start
PColorado Rockies
October 5, 2018
Freeland is schedule to toe the rubber in Game 4 of the NLDS against Milwaukee on Monday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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German Marquez will start Game 3 on Sunday, so Freeland will be ready to pitch on an extra day of rest as long as the Rockies don't get swept by the Brewers. Freeland tossed a gem during Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game versus Chicago, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings on four hits and one walk while striking out six.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-13%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-27%
BAA vs LHP
2017
Even Split
2016
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .231 334 92 24 68 12 1 6
Since 2016vs Right .267 1198 188 109 283 48 8 28
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-26%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-19%
ERA at Home
2016
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.04 1.30 180.2 16 10 0 7.6 3.3 0.9
Since 2016Away 3.75 1.41 177.2 12 8 0 6.5 3.4 0.8
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
K/BB
2.47
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
3.1
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
91.6 mph
 
ERA
2.85
 
WHIP
1.25
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
1.51
 
Strand %
80.0%
 
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September 28th
Friday's slate of 16 games features a road matchup for Gerrit Cole against Baltimore.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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 start wild-card matchup
PColorado Rockies
October 1, 2018
Freeland is slated to start Tuesday's wild-card game against the Cubs, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Clinches playoff berth with 17th win
PColorado Rockies
September 29, 2018
Freeland (17-7) picked up the win Friday, allowing two runs on 11 hits and a walk over six innings while striking out four in a 5-2 victory over the Nationals.
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Bags 16th win in scoreless start
PColorado Rockies
September 23, 2018
Freeland (16-7) picked up the win against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, giving up no runs on seven hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking one in Colorado's 2-0 victory.
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Start pushed up to Sunday
PColorado Rockies
September 19, 2018
Freeland is scheduled to start Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports.
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Quality start in no-decision
PColorado Rockies
September 19, 2018
Freeland allowed two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out four over 6.2 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. He did not factor into the decision.
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