Kyle Freeland will play in the summer baseball big leagues this year.
Freeland, a left-handed UE pitcher who just completed his sophomore season, made the Hyannis Harbor Hawks roster in the Massachusetts-based Cape Cod League, known widely as the nation’s premiere summer baseball destination.
The last Aces to play in the Cape Code League was Eric Stamets, the former shortstop eventually selected in the sixth round of last year’s MLB June Amateur Draft. Stamets also played for Hyannis Harbor in 2011 before his junior and final year at UE.
Freeland went 4-8 with a 4.34 earned run average last season as the Aces’ Friday night starter. Though he struggled down the stretch, the Denver native delivered a winning performance in his Missouri Valley Conference tournament appearance. He scattered seven hits in a complete-game performance against Bradley, helping the Aces advance in an elimination game setting.
The Philadelphia Phillies also drafted Freeland, at 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, out of Thomas Jefferson (Colo.) High School. He can improve that stock this summer over the 44-game schedule that starts June 12.
There were 253 Cape Cod alumni on MLB rosters as of 2012, meaning one in seven major leaguers spent a summer there. One familiar name that could add his name to that list is Indiana State pitcher Sean Manea, the league’s Outstanding Prospect Award winner in 2012 and an expected first-round pick in next week’s draft.
Fifteen UE players in all will play summer baseball this year, including four for the nearby Dubois County Bombers of the Ohio Valley League.
All UE summer baseball assignments: