Starting Pitcher | Quebec Bulldogs
Freire can get into trouble with walks, and there's concern about him being able to maintain his stuff over the whole season. His fastball gets into the high 80s, but it's the sink that makes the pitch effective. Sometimes I wish he'd just give up on throwing the changeup, it's like a BP ball! He attacks lefties and righties with similar success.
Defense & Hitting
He isn't especially quick off the mound but generally fields his position adequately. He doesn't have much of a pickoff move and he's slow getting the ball to home plate out of the set position. Freire is a surpisingly good hitting pitcher. And I'm not sure you can say this about a pitcher, but Freire has some pop in his swing.
I can't say I know what The Quebec Bulldogs were doing locking this guy up to a long term contract. A questionable call at best. AA isn't the right place for Freire. Expect the Quebec Bulldogs to send him down for some minor retooling. I just don't know if The Quebec Bulldogs are ever going to get what they expect out of him.
-- Emu Nyman, AA/AAA Scout