Note: For additional draft profiles click here
School: Evansville; Class: Junior
Position: LHP; B/T: L/L
Height: 6-3; Weight: 170 pounds
Previously Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies, 35th round, 2011
Background: The Kyle Freeland conversation starts and ends with a pair of numbers: 106-to-7. The lanky left-hander is sporting one of the most ridiculous strikeout-to-walk ratios in recent memory throughout his first 11 starts this season.
And while some of the production can be dismissed due to his level of competition – he clearly overmatches the majority of Evansville’s opponents – he actually posted the top K/BB ratio among all qualified pitchers in the Cape last summer. In 40.0 innings, Freeland fanned 48 and walked four; that 12-to-1 ratio was more than double the second best mark in the league among pitchers with at 35.1 innings.
Projection: Small school be damned, Freeland is legit. And while the summer league action was a fairly short sample size, it parallels his 2014 production. Elite, elite, elite control/command with above-average swing-and-miss ability.
There’s still some projection left given his rather thin frame, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him develop into a legitimate top-of-the-rotation type left arm often coveted by MLB teams. He doesn’t rank as highly as Carlos Rodon or Brandon Finnegan, but it’s a lot closer than most people would guess.
Ceiling: 5.0- to 5.5-win player
Floor: 2.5- to 3.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: First Round
Photo Courtesy of rightfieldfog.com.