Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#8 overall) of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (COL).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|2016 Season Stats: Went 11-10 with a 3.89 ERA in 26 starts between Hartford (Double-A) and Albuquerque (Triple-A), striking out 108 and walking 44 while giving up 165 hits over 162 innings, limiting opposing batters to a .268 average.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Hartford April 1 as he broke camp with the team out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 04/07/17
|April 7, in a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. The starting pitcher, he earned the win with six innings of four-hit ball, allowing one earned run and walking two while striking out six. Surprisingly, out of 95 pitches, only 55 were for strikes but they came at the right time. He struck out the first batter he faced, Logan Forsythe, swinging, before getting Franklin Gutierrez to ground out to third. He then faced his first big challenge of the day as he allowed a single to left by Justin Turner, then walked Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke to load the bases, but settled down after a coach visit to the mound and got Yasmani Grandal to ground into a force out at second. He followed with a 1-2-3 second inning, striking out Joc Pederson looking and Hyun-Jin Ryu swinging, and in the third also fanned the first two batters he faced, Forsythe and Gutierrez, both swinging. Though Turner doubled, Puig ended the inning by grounding out to third. The lone run scored off of Freeland came in the fourth when Van Slyke led off with a double, moved to third on a sac bunt from Grandal and scored on a groundout to short by Enrique Hernandez. Freeland retired the side in order in the fifth, and added to his excellent adventure by singling in the bottom of the inning. In his final frame, the sixth, he retired the side in order getting Puig on a fly out and Van Slyke and Grandal on infield groundouts.|
|A fantastic spring training not only earned the University of Evansville product a promotion to the big leagues, it nabbed him a spot in the rotation along with fellow Rockies debutante Antonio Senzatela. A control artist who hails from Denver - giving Rockies fans a true hometown kid to root for - he throws a plus slider and a fastball in the low- to-mid 90s. After shoulder fatigure limited him to just nine games between Grand Junction (Short-Season A) and Modesto (High A) in 2015, where he combined for a 4.05 ERA in 46 2/3 innings, he came back strong and healthy in 2016. In his pro debut in 2014, the first-rounder (#8 overall) out of Evansville had gone 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA in 10 starts between Grand Junction and Asheville (Class A), striking out 33 and walking just six in 39 innings.|