Kyle Richard Freeland…resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., in the offseason...Son of Don and Susan…has an older brother, Colin…his mother works at the elementary school he attended in Denver, Holm Elementary...Enjoys playing golf in his free time…was featured on the cover of Colorado Avid Golfer Magazine in April 2018...A Denver native who graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School...Attended college at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind...Rated the seventh best overall player in the 2014 Draft by MLB.com, and the fifth best overall player by Baseball America...Originally drafted by Philadelphia out of high school in the 35th round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.
Made 13 starts, tied for the most on the club and the most in the Majors, including nine quality starts, tied for the second-most in the National League...Started his season with six consecutive quality starts, the second-longest quality-start streak to begin a season in franchise history, trailing Ubaldo Jiménez’s franchise record 14 consecutive quality starts to begin the 2010 season...Ranked 10th in the NL with 70.2 innings pitched…pitched at least six innings in 10 of his 13 starts…the 10 starts of at six or more innings were tied for the fourth-most in MLB…pitched a season-high seven innings on Aug. 11 vs. Arizona, allowing two runs on seven hits...Induced 14 ground ball double plays, the most in the Majors…his 51.5 ground ball percentage ranked third in the National League...Had a run support average of 3.57, which ranked fourth-lowest in the NL and the fifth-lowest in MLB… received two or fewer runs of support in each of his final six starts of the season...Went 1-1 with a 4.46 ERA (38.1 IP, 19 ER) in seven starts at Coors Field…pitched six shutout innings in his first home start, Aug. 1 vs. San Diego, his only win at home…each of his first three starts at home were quality, while he allowed four runs in three of his final four starts in Denver...On the road, went 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA (32.1 IP, 15 ER) across six starts…each of his first five road starts were quality…allowed six runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings in the Rockies’ final game of the season, Sept. 27 at Arizona.
Made his third career Opening Day roster in his third Major League season ... Two stints on the injured list: April 22-29 with a blister on his left middle finger, and Aug. 2-Sept. 21 with a left groin strain ... Made two starts after his second stint on the injured list, pitching two innings Sept. 21 at Los Angeles-NL and three innings Sept. 26 at San Francisco ... Optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 31 ... recalled on July 13 ... Made his first career Opening Day start, March 28 at Miami ... earned the win, allowing one run on two hits with one walk and five strikeouts across seven innings ... Went 2-3 with a 4.23 ERA (27.2 IP, 13 ER) before being placed on the 10-day injured list for the first time with a blister on his left middle finger ... pitched six scoreless innings with two hits, no walks and seven strikeouts April 18 vs. Philadelphia before exiting ... Career-long, six-game losing streak across an 11-star span, April 29-July 30 ... snapped the streak on Aug. 4 vs. San Francisco, a 6-3 Rockies win (5.0,4,2,2,1,5) ... The losing pitcher in the second game of the July 24 doubleheader at Washington, despite not allowing an earned run across six innings ... seventh started in Rockies history, first since Drew Pomeranz on July 1, 2012, to lose a game after working six or more innings and allowing no earned runs ... Allowed a career-high 25 home runs ... his 2.16 home runs per nine innings rate was the fifth highest in the Majors, the highest rate in the NL ... Went 2-4 with a 9.25 ERA (47.2 IP, 49 ER) in 10 starts at home.
Finished fourth in National League Cy Young Award voting after going 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA (202.1 IP, 64 ER), the second Rockies pitcher to finish in the top four in Cy Young Award voting (also: Ubaldo Jiménez, third, 2010) ... His 2.84 ERA was the lowest in a full season in franchise history and the fourth-lowest in the NL in 2018 … it was the second-lowest in franchise history among ERA qualifiers trailing Marvin Freeman's 2.80 ERA (112.2 IP, 35 ER) in the strike-shortened 1994 season ... Started the National League Wild Card game at Wrigley Field on three days rest, pitching 6.2 shutout innings … allowed four hits with one walk and six strikeouts … only pitcher in franchise history to pitch at least six scoreless innings in a postseason game ... His 202.1 innings pitched ranked fifth in the National League, the first Rockies pitcher to reach 200 innings pitched in a season since Ubaldo Jiménez in 2010 (221.2 IP) ... His 24 quality starts were fourth in the NL and tied for second in franchise history with Ubaldo Jiménez in 2009 ... His 17 wins tied for the second-most in franchise history and tied for fourth in the NL … most wins by a Rockies pitcher since Jiménez won a franchise-record 19 games in 2010 ... Finished the season with 173 strikeouts, the ninth-most in franchise history ... Induced a National League-leading 24 double plays ... Went 10-2 with a 2.40 ERA (93.2 IP, 25 ER) in 15 starts at home, the lowest home ERA in franchise history and tied for the most wins ... Finished the season on an eight-game winning streak over an 11-start span from Aug. 6-Sept. 28, tied for the second-longest streak in franchise history, the longest since Ubaldo Jiménez won a franchise-record nine straight in 2010 … posted a 2.18 ERA (70.1 IP, 17 ER) with 11-straight quality starts over that span, the fourthlongest quality start streak in franchise history ... The Rockies went 23-10 in his 33 starts, including 12-2 in the second half … Colorado went 10-1 in his first 11 starts of the season ... Went 9-1 with a 2.49 ERA (86.2 IP, 24 ER) in 14 starts after the All-Star break, the lowest second-half ERA by a Rockies starting pitcher in franchise history … nine wins were tied for the most in the NL and tied for the second-most after the All-Star break in franchise history ... Went 7-5 with a 3.23 ERA (108.2 IP, 39 ER) in 18 starts on the road … went 5-1 with a 2.66 ERA (67.2 IP, 20 ER) with eight quality starts over his last 11 road starts ... Limited left-handed hitters to a .185 batting average, including a .100 batting average (5-for-50) with no extrabase hits allowed in the second half of the season.
Made his Major League debut on April 7 vs. Los Angeles-NL and was on the roster for the entire season, tied for first among Major League rookies with 11 wins...Also ranked third in innings pitched (156.0), fifth in ERA (4.10, min. 15 starts) and seventh in strikeouts (107) among all Major League rookies...His 11 wins tied for the fourth-most among rookies in franchise history … his 4.10 ERA was the fourth-lowest by a rookie in franchise history, the lowest since Jhoulys Chacin set the franchise record for rookies in 2010 (3.28)...Was 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA (107.1 IP, 45 ER) in 18 starts prior to the All-Star break … went 2-4 with a 4.81 ERA (48.2 IP, 26 ER) in 15 appearances, 10 starts, in the second half...Scored upon in two of five relief appearances with a 2.84 ERA (6.1 IP, 2 ER) … first career relief appearance on July 15 at New York-NL, and four relief appearances in July...Went 6-8 with a 3.72 ERA (87.0 IP, 36 ER) in 19 appearances, 16 starts, at Coors Field … the 10th-lowest home ERA in franchise history among all pitchers, the second-lowest by a Rockies rookie (Denny Stark, 3.21 in 2002)...In the last game prior to the All-Star break on July 9, took a no-hit bid through 8.1 innings before allowing a hit to Melky Cabrera with one out in the ninth inning … it was the longest no-hit bid in Denver in franchise history and the second-longest in any ballpark in Rockies history behind Ubaldo Jiménez' no-hitter in Atlanta in 2010...Hit his first professional home run May 21 at Cincinnati, a solo home run off Bronson Arroyo … also recorded a double in the game.
Made his Double-A and Triple-A debuts and was named an MiLB.com Organization All-Star...Assigned to Double-A Hartford on April 6 and made his Double-A debut April 7 against Richmond, pitching five innings and allowing one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts...Promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque June 25 and made his Triple-A debut the same day vs. Salt Lake City and allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits with two walks and five strikeouts...Invited to his first Major League Spring Training and went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (7.2 IP, 3 ER), one walk and four strikeouts across two Cactus League games with one start.
Began the season with Rookie-Level Grand Junction and made two starts before being promoted to High-A Modesto for the remainder of the season...Allowed no runs on two hits with two walks and nine strikeouts across seven innings pitched over two starts with Grand Junction ... was promoted to Modesto Aug. 1...Played for Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League and was named as a Rising Star after going 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA (25.1 IP, 8 ER), 26 hits, three home runs, seven walks and 13 strikeouts across six starts.
Initially assigned to Grand Junction after being drafted...Held left-handed hitters to a .059 average across both levels … following the season, Baseball America ranked him as the third-best Rockies prospect and Baseball Prospectus rated him the 76th-best prospect in all of baseball.