Sam Freeman (baseball)
Freeman with the St. Louis Cardinals
|Atlanta Braves – No. 39|
June 24, 1987 |
|June 1, 2012, for the St. Louis Cardinals|
(through May 7, 2017)
|Earned run average||3.80|
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.
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.
Minor league career
After his junior year of college, Freeman was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 24th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. 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. 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. 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.
Major League career
Freeman made his major league debut on Johan Santana's (New York Mets) no-hitter in New York on June 1, 2012. 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. Following the regular season he was sent by the Cardinals to play in the Arizona Fall League.
On October 21, 2016, Freeman signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Atlanta Braves. The Braves purchased Freeman's minor league contract, promoting him to the majors on May 4, 2017.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect #34: 2012 The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Springfield Relief Pitcher of the Year: 2011 Texas League All-Star: 2011 Florida State League All-Star: 2009 Scout.com Johnson City Reliever of the Year: 2008 
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