Lefty Sam Freeman getting a good look from coaches

Lefty Sam Freeman getting a good look from coaches

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ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: Reliever Sam Freeman #61 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium on September 29, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 11:40 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Sam Freeman is another very intriguing name in Camp Cardinals. He's got as good of an arm as most people in camp (no, he doesn't hit 100 mph but he'll throw 95-96 consistently). Freeman was given a chance to be that next lefty out of the bullpen last year but never found that consistency. He had some nerves, understandable for a 25-year old.

Those nerves translated to a 5.40 ERA in 20 innings across 24 games last season. It prompted the team to go out and sign veteran lefty Randy Choate to a 3-year deal...probably more than most thought he'd get. But it spoke to how badly the Cards thought they needed someone from the left side even with Sam Freeman showing promise.

Freeman will likely head to AAA-Memphis to begin the season and continue to grow. He's got so much potential but needs to learn to harness his energy and calm down on the mound. It was clear he was pretty nervous at times on the big league stage in 2012 and just needs to understand that it's the same game and nothing changes just because there's a few thousand more people watching in the stands.

If Freeman can get his stuff together, the Cards could have just an outstanding weapon. With Choate in the fold for three years and Mark Rzepczynski here as well...the problems that plagued the team last year with their lefties shouldn't be around in 2013. You'd not only have talent at the big league level but you'd also have depth at the minor league level too. Freeman's progress will be on display this afternoon in a live bullpen session.

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