It may be the offseason, and there may be a lockout in place, but that doesn’t mean that Major League Baseball players like Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland can’t keep their workouts going from wherever they might be.
Colorado Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland gave us all wanderlust with his latest Twitter video
Enjoying a bit of travel after his wedding (congratulations to Kyle and Ashley), the Colorado Rockies southpaw took to social media to let everyone know he was continuing his offseason workouts … just with a different view and a different routine.
When we caught up with him in Phoenix during Colorado’s last series of the season, Freeland told us that it was “bittersweet” that the 2021 season had come to a conclusion. While Freeland expressed his disappointment that Colorado was not in the playoff chase (“It sucks that we’re not playing for a playoff spot,” he told us), Freeland only got stronger as the season churned along.
After not making his 2021 debut until May 25 because of a shoulder injury sustained during spring training, Freeland finished the campaign on fire for the Rockies, allowing three or less earned runs in 15 of his last 18 starts. During that 100-inning stretch, he posted a 3.24 ERA. It was part of a campaign where Freeland logged a career-high rate of 7.83 strikeouts per nine innings and a career-low mark of 2.83 walks per nine innings.
In his last start of the season (September 28 at home against the Washington Nationals), Freeland allowed one run and six hits in 6.2 innings to help Colorado to a 3-1 victory. It was his fourth consecutive start with 6.0 or more frames.
Freeland also continued to feast on ground ball outs last year, helping him to a deadlock for second among all MLB pitchers since 2017 with opponents grounding into a double play on 83 occasions.
Now, Freeland is putting in the work to prepare for 2022 with quite the workout backdrop.