Local baseball star won't wait long on draft day

KUSA - Kyle Freeland is going to get a phone call on Thursday. It will come shortly after 5 p.m. in Denver.

The former Thomas Jefferson High School star is going to be drafted in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft. There's no doubt about that. The question is: how high.

"Ever since I can remember I've wanted to play Major League Baseball," Freeland told 9NEWS.

Freeland had the opportunity out of high school. The Philadelphia Phillies selected him in the 35th round and offered him a pretty sizable signing bonus.

"The whole month of July, I had no idea what to do," said Freeland, "I was an 18-year-old kid who has $250,000 thrown in his face."

Freeland decided to turn the Phillies down and attend college at the University of Evansville. His goal was to improve his draft stock over a three-year-span with the Purple Aces and be selected in the one of the first 10 rounds.

"Top 10 rounds is still pretty good. But things skyrocketed, and now I'm looking at a top 10 pick," said Freeland.

In the constantly changing game of mock drafts Freeland has been looked at as the third overall pick to the Chicago White Sox. The Twins at No. 5 and Phillies at seventh overall have also been mentioned. If he is still available at No. 8, the Colorado Rockies own that pick.

"It would be really nice to come back home and play for the Rockies and be drafted by them," said Freeland.

For now he waits. He turned down a chance to attend the draft live in New Jersey. Instead he'll watch from his home in Denver, not far from Thomas Jefferson High School. Kyle will be surrounded by family and friends because as he says "those are the people that have been behind me the entire time."

The draft begins Thursday evening at 5 p.m.

Kyle won't have to wait long.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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