Experience at Progressive Field provides glimpse into Freeman’s future

Tyler Freeman getting ready to bat against Fayetteville Woodpeckers pitcher Luis Garcia (Photo Credit: Isabella Wykowski)

Tyler Freeman, a shortstop out of Etiwanda High School, started 2019 as a member of the Lake County Captains, the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

Freeman spent 61 games as a member of the Captains, where he recorded .292 batting average. Due to his success on the field and at the plate, Freeman was assigned to the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Cleveland Indians Advanced-A affiliate.

“When I got called up during the All-Star break, I was super excited,” Freeman said. “I knew it would be a new group of guys, but in the end, I still realized that I still needed to play the game the same way that I have always played it.”

Tyler Freeman warming up between innings on July 19, 2019 against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Photo Credits: Isabella Wykowski)

Freeman played 62 games for the Lynchburg Hillcats in 2019. During that span, Freeman accumulated a .319 average. 

The season was for sure one to remember, but Freeman knows he will have to let it go and focus on the upcoming one.

“The main things this off-season that I will continue to work on is getting bigger, stronger, faster, and more explosive,” Freeman said. “Day in and day out, I will keep finding ways to improve myself for this upcoming season.”  

As an athlete, you experience some good days and some bad. There were some days Freeman was unable to record a hit. But there were also days when Freeman had two or three hits in a game.

What got him through that was his parents as both had played baseball and softball growing up. 

“My mom will always tell me the same thing every single day, and that is to let go of the previous game and focus on helping your team win the next day,” Freeman said. “She will tell me whether I have a good game or a bad game.”

Freeman standing at third base against the Fayetteville Woodpeckers (Photo Credit: Isabella Wykowski)

Freeman is currently 97th in the MiLB Top 100 Prospects list. Freeman has a real bat-to-ball ability, and due to his success during his minor league career, Freeman got an invite to an offseason camp.

The camp took place at his future home stadium, Progressive Field.

“The off-eason camp at Progressive Field was an experience of a lifetime,” Freeman said. “It pushed me to have a plan this offseason to work harder than I ever have.”

It allowed Freeman the opportunity to understand how close the big leagues are. Stepping into the batter box at Progressive Field and looking around the stadium gave Freeman the drive to work harder this offseason.

Freeman jogging to the Lynchburg Hillcats dugout following the final out of the inning (Photo Credit: Isabella Wykowski)

Fans of the Cleveland Indians should be excited for the 2020 season and what Freeman expects to showcase. 

“Fans can always expect me to bring the best effort day in and day out,” Freeman said. “I will never give anything less than my all at any level that I play.”

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