DENVER — The Rockies drafted former Thomas Jefferson High School left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland with the No. 8 in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.
A big celebration broke out at Freeland’s parents’ home in Denver when Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement on TV of the 21-year-old being selected by the Rockies. The University of Evansville pitcher immediately turned to his father and embraced him.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do when … and everything came together and I just fell into his arms,” Freeland said.
“The emotions start building up and his reaction is unforgettable,” Freeland’s father said.
Freeland is 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds and went 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA in his junior season at Evansville, striking out 128.
In 2011, he set the state high school record with 145 strikeouts at Thomas Jefferson, gong 8-2 with a 1.39 ERA. Freeland was rated the seventh overall player in the draft by MLB.com and the fifth overall player by Baseball America.
“Kyle is a two plus-pitch left-hander that’s a strike thrower,” Rockies Vice President of Scouting Bill Schmidt said. “He’s a Colorado kid and we’re excited to bring him into the organization.”
The Rockies also drafted drafted 18-year-old second baseman Forrest Wall from Orangewood Christian High School in Florida with the 35th pick and right-handed pitcher Ryan Castellani, 18, of Brophy Prep in Arizona with the 48th pick.