Phillies Prospect #47: Jarrod Freeman

Like many high school players, Jarrod Freeman has stumbled a little when the Phillies looked to move him along to higher levels in the minors. Still, there's a lot to like about the young right-hander.

Acquired: Drafted by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2006 Draft.

B: T: R  /  Height: 6' 3"  /  Weight: 195 lbs

Birth Date: November 20, 1987

2007 Teams: Lakewood (10 g), Williamsport (9 g), GCL Phillies (2 g)

Games/Games Started in 2007: 21 g / 15 gs

School: Alta high School

Repertoire: Jarrod Freeman has always thrown a solid fastball that has good, late movement and he's put another mile or two per hour on his fastball as he's continued to develop physically. To make his fastball look that much more intimidating, Freeman has learned to disguise his change-up and keeps a consistent arm speed and delivery. The Phillies have worked with Freeman to improve his curve and slider, which was already a nasty pitch. His pitches continue to get better and he's got smooth mechanics and repeats his location point from pitch to pitch.

Pitching Style: When Freeman is on the mound, he is in control of the game. He's got natural leadership abilities and doesn't back down from hitters even when he's behind in the count. In high school, Freeman was called on to throw a lot of innings and he hasn't shown any ill effects of all that work. The fact that his mechanics are so good have helped him to avoid added strain on his arm and the Phillies haven't had to do much to change his delivery and are instead just doing some tweaking around the edges. One of the "little things" that Freeman does so well is hold runners on base thanks to an excellent pickoff move. One concern is that Freeman's walk rate skyrocketed in 2007 after he showed impressive control at Batavia in 2006. Part of the problem seems to be that Freeman hasn't truly learned to rely on his pure talent rather than worrying about putting more velocity on his pitches.

Projection: As we thought last year when we had Freeman ranked at number 38 on our Top Prospect list, Freeman did make it to Lakewood by the end of the season, but his overall numbers weren't as good as the Phillies might have hoped. As with other players drafted out of high school, Freeman is running into some obstacles early on, but should be able to rise above them and return to the kind of numbers that he put up in his first pro season when he had a 3.38 ERA.

So, why did Freeman drop from 38 to 47? The primary reason is the loss of his control that led him to a lot of problems last season. Freeman's overall ERA was 4.75 last season, but was pumped up a lot by his rise to Lakewood. The Phillies may have promoted him a little too quickly, but even before the promotion, freeman's control was starting to show signs of wear and tear. He gets that under control and all should be well. For now though, he has some work to do and didn't quite hit the development that most people expected out of him last season, leading to a slight drop in his ranking.

What else you should know about Jarrod Freeman: 

  • Freeman had signed with the University of Utah.
  • As a sophomore, Freeman was the winning pitcher in the Utah State Championship game.

Jarrod Freeman's career stats

2006 Gulf Coast 1 2 3.38 0 11 6 45.1 47 23 17 3 5 37
2007 Gulf Coast 0 0 0.00 0 2 2 7.0 0 0 0 0 0 5
2007 Williamsport 0 3 4.15 1 9 4 30.1 33 15 14 1 7 11
2007 Lakewood 2 2 5.87 0 10 9 46.0 67 36 30 5 24 28
TOTALS 3 7 4.27 1 32 21 128.2 147 74 61 9 36 81

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