Sam Freeman (baseball)

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Sam Freeman
Freeman with the St. Louis Cardinals
Atlanta Braves – No. 39
Relief pitcher
Born: (1987-06-24) June 24, 1987 (age 29)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 1, 2012, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through May 7, 2017)
Win–loss record 3–2
Earned run average 3.80
Strikeouts 111
WHIP 1.46

Samuel Douglas Freeman (born June 24, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Early life[edit]

Freeman pitching for the Cardinals in New York, 2012

Samuel Freeman started playing baseball at the age of four in the Carrollton Little League in Carrollton, Texas. When he was 12 years old his team won the Carrollton Pony League Championship. Freeman's pitching career started his freshman year of high school one year before making the varsity team at Hebron High School (Texas). He also played football at Hebron and was First Team all-district as a senior.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

After graduating, Freeman was recruited to play for North Central Texas College (NCTC) where he played for 2 years. Then, Freeman signed with the University of Kansas.

Minor league career[edit]

After his junior year of college,[citation needed] Freeman was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] He didn't sign and returned to Kansas to finish his senior year. After his senior year, he was redrafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 32nd round in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] With the St. Louis Cardinals, he rose from the Rookie League to AA in 3 years. He was 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in AAA with the Memphis Redbirds.[1] and was later signed to the Cardinals 40-man roster. Freeman sustained an injury to his elbow requiring Tommy John surgery which took him out of the 2010 season.[3][4]

Major League career[edit]

Freeman made his major league debut on Johan Santana's (New York Mets) no-hitter in New York on June 1, 2012.[5] He appeared in a total of 22 games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012, posting a record of 0-1 with a 5.30 ERA.[2] Following the regular season he was sent by the Cardinals to play in the Arizona Fall League.[2]

On March 28, 2015, the Texas Rangers acquired Freeman from the Cardinals for a player to be named later.[6] He was designated for assignment on April 5,[7][8] and outrighted on April 15.[9]

Freeman was acquired by the Milwaukee Brewers on April 5, 2016.[10] He was designated for assignment on May 2, 2016, when the team recalled Junior Guerra.[11]

On October 21, 2016, Freeman signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves.[12] The Braves purchased Freeman's minor league contract, promoting him to the majors on May 4, 2017.[13]


The Cardinal Nation/ Top Prospect #34: 2012 The Cardinal Nation/ Springfield Relief Pitcher of the Year: 2011 Texas League All-Star: 2011 Florida State League All-Star: 2009 Johnson City Reliever of the Year: 2008 [14]


  1. ^ a b Samuel Freeman Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved January 2, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Gintonio, Jim (November 15, 2012). "Cardinals prospect Wong brings confident game to AFL". via Cardinals team website. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cardinals cultivate new crop of lefthanders". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 18, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (April 6, 2016). "Unsettled bullpen situation led to Sam Freeman/Ariel Pena switch". Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  5. ^ Rohan, Tim (June 2, 2016). "For a Cardinals Pitcher, It’s Also a Night of Firsts". New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  6. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (March 28, 2015). "Rangers acquire lefty Freeman from Cardinals". Retrieved March 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (April 4, 2015). "Rangers will take final roster decisions to Sunday". Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Rangers' 25-man roster lacking lefty reliever". Associated Press. April 5, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (April 15, 2015). "Ranaudo's stay with Rangers a short one". Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  10. ^ McCalvy, Adam (April 5, 2016). "Brewers acquire reliever Freeman from Texas". Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  11. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (May 1, 2016). "Reliever Sam Freeman designated for assignment". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on May 2, 2016. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  12. ^ O'Brien, David (October 21, 2016). "Braves sign lefty Freeman, will get invite to spring training". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 4, 2017). "Braves summon lefty reliever Freeman". Retrieved May 5, 2017. 
  14. ^ Brian Walton, "Sam Freeman Profile", ', August 2, 2012

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