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Top pick Freeland debuts with two scoreless innings

Top pick Freeland debuts with two scoreless innings

Left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Rockies' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Wednesday, with rookie-level Grand Junction. He threw two scoreless innings and the Rockies defeated Missoula, 12-2.

Freeland began his professional career by striking out D-backs No. 11 prospect Sergio Alcantara to lead off the first inning. He finished the night with two strikeouts and no walks. He allowed three hits.

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Second baseman Forrest Wall, the Rockies' second pick, went 2-for-4 with two runs, a walk and an RBI. Five games into his own professional career, he is hitting .333/.440/.381 with eight runs.

The Rockies selected Freeland, a Denver native, with the eighth overall pick of the Draft on June 5. He signed with the club less than a week later.

As a junior at Evansville this spring, Freeland went 10-2 with a 1.90 ERA and struck out 128 batters in 99 2/3 innings. He was named Missouri Valley Pitcher of the Year and helped the Purple Aces to the regular-season conference championship.

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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