University of Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland keeps inching up the mock draft boards.
Baseball America’s Mock Draft 2.0, which was released Friday, has the 6-foot-3 junior from Denver going to the Chicago Cubs with the No. 4 overall pick.
Baseball America’s mock draft also includes a brief analysis section to go along with each pick. A portion of Freeland’s description reads: “The Cubs still prefer a college pitcher, and Evansville’s Kyle Freeland has been burning up boards with his stellar season. The tall lefty is in play this high and won’t get out of the first 10 picks if he doesn’t falter down the stretch.”
In his final regular-season start Thursday, Freeland allowed two hits in seven shutout innings as the Aces beat Missouri State 1-0 and clinched a share of their second Missouri Valley Conference championship. He improved his record to 10-1 and his ERA to 1.64, and has 122 strikeouts compared to nine walks this season.
Freeland was listed as the No. 9 prospect by Baseball America at about the midway point of the season, then moved to No. 7 on an early mock draft, and was listed as the No. 5 draft prospect on Wednesday.
There isn’t much higher for Freeland to go, but whatever the case, it’s safe to predict a multi-million dollar signing bonus June 5.