Clint Freeman can do a lot on a baseball field. As a two-way player, he can play the infield, outfield, and even pitch.
Today, the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) announced the signing of the first baseman, outfielder, and left-handed hurler out of East Tennessee State University. Freeman returns for a second season with the Ducks and seventh in professional baseball.
“We are happy to have Clint back with us this season,” Ducks President/GM Michael Pfaff said in a press release. “He was willing and eager to fill whatever role we needed in 2019, and that versatility was a contributing factor to our success.”
Freeman first signed with the Ducks in June of 2019. The 29-year-old appeared in 28 contests as a position player, posting a .270 batting average with two home runs, 14 RBI, 12 runs, three doubles, and a .340 on-base percentage. The Tennessee native also made 15 outings out of the bullpen, recording one hold and striking out 13 batters over 17 innings of work. Defensively, he recorded a .994 fielding percentage, committing just one error.
Being away from baseball helped Freeman find a new appreciation for the sport, and he is chomping at the bit to return to action.
“I am very excited about coming back to play for Long Island and defend our 2019 championship,” Freeman said. “18 months without baseball will make this season special. You don’t realize how much you love it until it’s gone.”
This is not Freeman’s first foray into independent baseball. He spent three years (2016-18) in the Frontier League with the River City Rascals. During that time, he combined to hit .264 with 33 homers, 138 RBI, 137 runs and 66 doubles in 266 affairs.
On the bump, Freeman appeared in 12 tilts, registering a 2.79 ERA and striking out 10 batters while walking just one.
He began his pro career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, hitting .305 with two homers, 20 RBI. and a .346 on-base percentage in 2014 with their rookie-level Arizona League affiliate.
In 2015, Freeman made 24 appearances with rookie-level Ogden, recording two saves and striking out 29 batters over 26.2 innings. The Dodgers originally selected him in the 18th round of the 2014 Amateur MLB draft.
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