Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland ended the first half of the season with a no-hitter lost in the ninth inning — but a one-hitter was good enough.
The lefty, who was the eighth-overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, racked up a career-high nine strikeouts in what was just his 18th big-league start. For the season, he sits at 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA after his gem at Coors Field.
The good news for collectors? Unlike those red-hot rookie sluggers, you can actually find Freeland’s autographs somewhat easily and affordably — perhaps because, you know, he pitches at Coors Field.
He’s not exactly a come-from-nowhere player, but the power is coming through for one Boston Red Sox minor-leaguer.
Michael Chavis hit his 14th home run of the season Sunday for High-A Salem — and actually his 13th, too, since it was his third multi-homer game of the year. That’s just two-shy of his career-high from two years ago in 109 games.
He’s hitting .343 through 47 games (so that home run pace looks even stronger) and the good news here is that he’s just 21 years old since he was just 18 back in 2014 when Boston took him with the 26th overall pick.
This Red Sox slugger has been in some elite company this season and his cardboard continues to pick up momentum.
His name is Mookie Betts and he smacked another homer — a three-run shot — last night in Baltimore to up his season total to 28. That comes off the heels of a three-homer game Sunday that put him side-by-side with Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players with a pair of three-homer games in the same season.
It’s sparked a wave of Topps Now cards — and pricey Relics that sold out near-instantly — but it’s not the only cardboard that Betts has that’s now in more demand.