Sam Freeman

Age 33
  • Born 06/24/1987
  • Bats R
  • Team: Washington Nationals
2019 Statistics
W-L
-
IP
ERA
0.00
WHIP
0.00
K
K%
0.0
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2018
2019
Four-Seamer
45.0% Thrown 92.7 MPH 16.7 CSW%
Split-Finger
17.5% Thrown 85.7 MPH 0 CSW%
Slider
37.5% Thrown 81.2 MPH 13.3 CSW%

The lefty’s four-seam fastball averaged 93.1 mph and showed well below-average spin (19th percentile). It did not record a single whiff in 11 total pitches.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Freeman’s splitter averaged 85.8 mph and showed below-average drop. It didn’t record a single swing and miss or chase in seven pitches thrown.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore

Freeman’s slider averaged 81.2 mph and showed below-average vertical and horizontal movement. It didn’t record a single swing and miss (15 total pitches) but did notch a 42.9% chase rate.

GIF made by Mark McElroy. Blurb written by Ryan Amore
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
38.0% Thrown 95.2 MPH
Split-Finger
24.5% Thrown 86.0 MPH
Two-Seamer
22.7% Thrown 95.0 MPH
Curveball
14.9% Thrown 83.1 MPH

Sherriff’s slider was effective in 2018 with a .143 batting average against. The pitch had a low zone rate and did not generate many swings and misses. The lack of late break of the pitch has aided in the increased contact.

There’s a reason Freeman increased the usage of his splitter, its late downward movement is just nasty. Freeman generated a 46.4% strikeout rate on the pitch, backed by a 27.2% chase rate. Opponents only hit .170 against the splitter but Freeman’s low zone percentage means he can’t increase its usage too much.

Freeman increased his two-seam usage and it’s beginning to look like his primary fastball. The 85.7% ground-ball rate in crazy high and Freeman has induced more swings and misses with this pitch than his four-seam.

The curve has been classified as a slider, but it’s more of a slurve. It’s Freeman’s secondary offspeed option and while it doesn’t get nearly as many swings and misses as the splitter, it can be thrown for strikes. The curve is important to Freeman’s arsenal as it gives him a third pitch he can throw for strikes while keeping hitters off balance.

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