Tyler Freeman, SS, Double-A Akron
The No. 2 prospect in the Cleveland Indians organization and the No. 81 prospect on the MLB.com Top 100 prospect list, shortstop Tyler Freeman was one of the strongest players in the minors for Cleveland during the month of May. Playing for the Double-A Akron Rubberducks, Freeman was able to not only pace the Rubberducks in multiple stats, but be among some of the best in the league.
During the month of May, Freeman played in 20 games and was able to log 30 hits for Akron. That total was the second most among Double-A Northeast teams trailing only Otto Lopez, a second baseman for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats who are the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Of Freeman’s 30 hits in May, six came via double while he also logged one of five Akron triples during the month. He was also able to add a home run and 13 RBI to his stat line. However, what might be the most impressive part is his slash line. Over the 20 games played, Freeman was able to slash .370/.433/.506 for the Rubberducks.
With numbers like those, Freeman might not be in Akron much longer. The barrier is that the middle infield in Columbus is a bit crowded with Andres Gimenez, Gabriel Arias, Ernie Clement and Tyler Krieger. A move up would probably mean less playing time and that might not be the plan for Freeman at this point in the season and his career progression.
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