Kyle Freeland – Cutting Through Hitters
Kyle Freeland is a 6-4/175 left-handed pitcher from Denver, CO. He pitches for the University of Evansville Purple Aces in the Missouri Valley Conference. He pitches for the Hyannis Harborhawks in the Cape Cod Baseball League, where I have seen him pitch on three occasions (7/27, 7/29, 8/6). He caught my attention at the 2013 CCBL All-Star game when he struck out 2 batters in the one inning he pitched. In the second outing that I observed, he went 5.1 innings, struck out 7, and surrendered 3 runs on 7 hits. In the opening night of the Western Division CCBL Playoffs, Freeland logged 7.0 innings, striking out 10, scattering 3 hits, and allowing 1 unearned run.
Kyle has an excellent pitchers’ frame. Currently, he is on the thin side, but he is broad-shouldered, flat-chested, with long arms and long, skinny legs. He utilizes a mid-three quarter arm slot that does have the tendency to change throughout the game. I would describe Freeland’s mechanics as sound and under control. He does not exhibit substantial effort, and his arm action is long and fairly smooth. His front foot lands on the first base side, but it creates deception in his delivery. In the 13.1 innings that I have seen him pitch, he is yet to allow a walk. His late life inhibits the ability to have pinpoint control, but he is always around the glove.
Overall Control: 50 / 55
Freeland’s fastball has more late life than I have seen all summer, including trips to watch AAA, AA, and A competition. His arm angle creates a natural cut-action. Without a radar gun, it would be extremely difficult to distinguish between his fastball and a typical slider. He used the 2-seam FB sporadically and it was the only pitch that was consistently hit. Due to his arm slot, the 2-seam FB has very light action.
Fastball: 60 / 70
Velo Range: 90-93
Life: 60 / 65
The CB was used as a show-me pitch, but it is projectable. Freeland replicated his arm speed and generated good snap on the offering. With the development of his CB, Kyle could work himself into a starting rotation.
Curveball: 40 / 45
Velo Range: 78-81
Freeland’s SL plays extremely well off of his cut FB. It is a solid offering right now, and flashed the ability to become a MLB out-pitch. The pitch has good shape and a lot of depth through the zone. He replicates his arm speed and arm action extremely well.
Slider: 55 / 65
Velo Range: 82-85
OFP – 57
With the development of his CB, he could become a middle of the rotation starter. However, due to the changes in arm angle and his front foot landing closed, it is hard for me to project Kyle as a starter. I can see Freeland increasing his FB velocity and turning into an above-average to dominant closer. Currently, I project him as a dominant set-up man due to his excellent late life and late tilt slider.