Colorado Rockies: 5 Predictions for 2017 Spring Training
Kyle Freeland Makes His Mark
We know, we know. Talking about another rookie who has never seen any time at the Major League level may seem a bit risky. However, when you’re talking about players with the skills that Tauchman and Kyle Freeland possess, it’s not a huge risk.
There’s been a lot of talk about who might be the fifth starter for the Colorado Rockies this season. We’re saying that Freeland will make a strong case in Arizona to be that person at some point during the 2017 season.
The former eighth overall pick (and Denver native) has taken all of the steps from rookie ball in 2014 to Triple-A last season. While in Albuquerque last year, Freeland went 6-3 with a 3.97 ERA in 12 starts. It was part of a solid 2016 that saw Freeland log an 11-10 record and 3.89 ERA in 26 starts.
Freeland is competing with Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez, among others, for the fifth starter role. Both those players got Major League experience last season with the Rockies, which may give them a leg up in the competition. However, Freeland has the raw skills to explode onto the scene for the Rockies in 2017.
We think that begins in Arizona with some strong showings on the mound. More than likely, Freeland begins the season in Triple-A. However, the skills he puts on display in Arizona will set the table for success at the MLB level later in the season.