Former University of Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland is getting his first taste of professional playoff baseball.
Freeland, who started the summer in Rookie ball with the Grand Junction Rockies, has appeared in five games with the Low-A Asheville Tourists. He earned the win in his latest start on Thursday, allowing two runs in five innings as the Tourists defeated Savannah 8-3 in Game 1 of its best-of-five South Atlantic League playoff series.
Combining Freeland’s stats from Grand Junction and Asheville, the 2014 first-round draft pick is 3-0 with a 1.15 ERA. He has allowed 30 hits and six walks while striking out 33 in 39 innings.
Here are some statistical updates on other former UE players in the minors:
Kyle Pollock (catcher, Idaho Falls Chukars, Rookie League): .299 avg., 2 HRs, 26 RBIs, 11 doubles, 42 G, 144 AB.
Sam Johns (RHP, 3 teams ranging from Rookie to Single-A): 17 appearances, 3-2 record, 4 saves in 7 opportunities, 3.86 ERA, 25.2 IP, 22 H, 4 BB, 1.01 WHIP.
Eric Staments (shortstop, Arkansas Travelers, Double-A): .235 avg., 4 HR, 23 RBIs, 13 doubles, 106 G, 344 AB.
Kyle Lloyd (RHP, Fort Wayne Tincaps, Single-A): 27 appearances, 21 starts, 6-5 record, 3.61 ERA, 119.2 IP, 114 H, 34 BB, 1.24 WHIP.