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Michael Freeman

LHP | AstrosHOU
Michael Freeman
Name: Michael Freeman
Born: Oct 7, 1991 in Tulsa, Okla. USA
College: Oklahoma State
Ht.: 6'8" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
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Career114.24.471.665.266.04
Drafted in the 7th round (199th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2015 (signed for $100,000)
Freeman is one of the most fascinating stories of the 2015 draft. A giant (6-foot-8) lefty who didn't have the stuff for Division I baseball out of high school, Oklahoma State signed him out of Eastern Oklahoma JC in part because pitching coach Rob Walton had seen him pitch on son Donnie Walton's high school team. Rob Walton remade Freeman's mechanics, dropping him down to a very low three-quarters arm slot that allowed him to become a master manipulator of his fastball. Freeman can run, cut and sink his 85-89 mph heater. While the velocity is below-average, hitters can't seem to make solid contact because of its whiffle ball-like movement and his deceptive delivery that makes it hard to pick the ball up. Most importantly, whether he's letting the fastball run, cut or sink, he's also mixing in his average changeup that comes out of the same release point with the same arm action, which makes it very hard for hitters to figure out what's coming. Freeman also flips up a sweepy curveball that is a change of pace. Freeman's lack of fastball velocity makes it most likely that he'll be moved to the bullpen as an inexpensive senior sign. With his ability to work down in the zone, he could move quickly as a lefty reliever.
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