One of the cooler things about watching the draft for any sport is seeing the emotional reactions of young athletes realizing outsized dreams. College pitcher Kyle Freeland gave us one of those memorable moments on Thursday night after being drafted eighth by his hometown Colorado Rockies in the MLB amateur draft.
Seriously, talk about goosebumps:
Freeland, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound lefthander from the University of Evansville, grew up in Denver and attended Thomas Jefferson high school. The fact he was selected by his favorite team contributed to the emotional hugs he shared with family members as the rest of the crowd at his home went wild.
"Being a Colorado kid and being drafted by the Rockies ... it's amazing," Freeland later said on MLB Network.
Freeland might also have been emotional because it was a long road to being selected in the top 10 of the draft. He wasn't highly recruited out of high school and had to prove himself at Evansville after going 10-2 with 1.90 ERA and a 128-13 strikeout-walk ratio in his junior season.
Freeland says he now looks forward to proving himself in the thin air of Coors Field.
"I grew up throwing in it," Freeland said. "I've had success doing it, especially in high school. I'm not afraid of it and ready to take it head on."
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