White Sox- Down On The Farm: Caleb Freeman

Player: Caleb Freeman

Position: Right-Handed Pitcher

Height: 6’1 Weight: 195 Age: 24 Bats/Throws: R/R Current Level: AA-Birmingham

MLB.com Rank: 20th in White Sox System

Drafted: 15th Round, 2019 MLB Draft

Hometown: Abilene, Texas

Caleb Freeman struggled in his three seasons at Texas Tech: posting a 6.48 ERA over those years. However, the White Sox liked his live arm and made him an above slot offer for $150,000 in the 15th round.

Prospect Grades

Scouting grades are based on a 20-80 scale where 50 is league average. Every 10 points away from there represents 1 standard deviation away. First number is current grade, second number after the slash is a potential future grade.

Freeman’s fastball is his best pitch. It sits from 92-96 mph and tops out at 98. He’ll use his 12-6 curveball (78-82 mph) down and hard slider (84-87 mph) to mix up speeds and the batter’s eye level. Those three pitches pair well together. The fastball up in the zone is a great weapon, the curveball with vertical drop and the slider with almost exclusively horizontal movement creates three different types of movements for batters to adjust look for.

His command is definitely below average, but it’s improving. He walked 6.5 batters per nine innings at Texas Tech, but he’s kept that below five in each of his season as a pro. He hasn’t started a game in his career, so he’s strictly going to be a bullpen arm.

Since joining the organization, Freeman’s worked to create a more repeatable delivery and in doing so, increase his control. I expect to see him up as soon as this or next year. If he can continue to improve that command, he could work himself into a higher-leverage bullpen role.

Published by Will McClaughry

Sports fan, data enthusiast and former division 3 college basketball player

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