The MLB may soon see the brother of currently Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Freeman join the farm system following the 2019 MLB Draft.
Recent Etiwanda High School graduate Cody Freeman could hear his name called during the 2019 MLB Draft which kicks off Monday, June 4.
Freeman was a principal component to the Etiwanda Eagles success on the diamond. The four-year varsity player saw time in 114 total games and managed to accumulate an impressive .374 batting average, 64 RBI, 18 2B, seven 3B, and two HRs.
Much like his brother, Tyler, Cody has been quite a dominant baserunner for the Eagles. Throughout his high school career, Freeman was able to steal 37 bases out of 40 attempts successfully.
Cody Freeman found success both offensively and defensively that colleges quickly noticed. Freeman signed to continue his athletic career as a member of the Baylor University baseball program.
Freeman discussed the moment he realized a career playing professional baseball was in the works. It was when his brother, Tyler, was drafted in 2017 that he realized his dream could become a reality.
“After my brother got drafted, I got a lot of calls and texts saying you’re next,” Freeman said. “In my mind, that just motivated me to work that much harder because every kid’s dream is to get drafted and seeing my brother go into the draft, was a dream come true for not only him but for me as well.”
Tyler and Cody are more than just brothers; they are best friends as well. Both wanted the best for one another, and when Cody saw Tyler get drafted in 2017, the experience was simply breathtaking.
Cody and the rest of the Freeman family traveled to Lansing, Michigan to watch Tyler Freeman and the Lake County Captains take on the Lansing Lugnuts for a four-game series. Cody mentioned that was the first time he was able to see his brother play professionally.
It was a fantastic experience that the brothers will be able to share in the future following the outcome of the 2019 MLB Draft.
While Cody could share this experience with his brother, this MLB Draft also includes his cousin Chandler Freeman.
“Chandler and I are honestly just as close as Tyler and I, we played on four different travel teams together growing up and us both being in the same class just brought up closer together,” Freeman said. “We facetime each other twice a day and are supportive of each other.”
Now that high school baseball has concluded, Cody has shifted his focus to preparing for the next step in his baseball career.
“Every offseason is just more time to get better as a player, and this offseason is no different,” Freeman said. “From getting stronger to getting faster to anything that can make me a better player.”
As a follower of Christ, Freeman will continue to stay on the path presented before him whether that means playing college ball or hearing his name called in the upcoming MLB Draft on Monday.