Tyler Freeman

Position: SS
Level: Minor League Spring Training
Affiliate: Indians A-
League: Minor League Spring Training
Born: 05/21/1999 (Age: 24)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 170
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 2nd Rd. (CBB), 2017 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CLE)

Prospect Spotlight

The 71st overall pick in 2017 from a California high school, Freeman moved onto the national prospect radar after a huge season in the New York-Penn League. He slashed .352/.405/.511 with 14 stolen bases, showing excellent bat-to-ball skill with a minuscule seven-percent strikeout rate.

Freeman has all the makings of a plus hit tool, frequently barreling balls with a quick and short path. His swing is geared to spray line drives around the field, and the batspeed is here to grow into some sneaky power with any increase in lift. Freeman is more fundamental than flashy on defense, playing up average range and fringy arm-strength with a fast transfer. Scouts who saw him last summer raved about his intangibles and leadership, already having improved significantly since turning pro and showing the makeup to continue getting the most out of his tools. Freeman’s potential plus hit tool gives him the chance to be an above-average player, especially if he’s able to tease out more power and/or stick at shortstop in the future.