Etiwanda infielder Cody Freeman will follow older brother Tyler to Texas but to a different college.
The sophomore second baseman has made a verbal commitment to Baylor.
Tyler, a senior shortstop for the Eagles, committed to Texas Christian his sophomore year.
Having family in the area was a big part of the decision. His paternal grandparents are in Texas, as is an uncle.
“It’s like a second home to me,” he said, “I have always liked it there and I was comfortable with the coaching staff so it was a good fit.”
Freeman also had offers from UNLV and St. Mary’s and was also considering New Mexico.
The thought of joining his brother at TCU didn’t last long. The two schools are in the same conference so he’ll get to play against his sibling.
“They were part if the picture very early on but they fell off my list pretty quickly,” he said. “It will probably feel a little strange playing against him but it will be fun.”
Freeman batted .262 last year starting on the varsity as a freshman. He was second on the team ion runs scored with 24 and boasted a .964 fielding percentage with just four errors in 107 chances.
The brothers have an older sister Hailey who is playing softball a tNCAA Division I Grand Canyon (Ariz.).
Etiwanda High School shortstop Tyler Freeman has been chosen to participate in the Perfect Game All-American game to be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 14 at Petco Park in San Diego.
The event will be broadcast live by the MLB Network.
“It’s an honor to be chosen and I am very excited,” he said. “It’s one of those things you dream about.”
Freeman, who has committed to Texas Christian, just rounded out his junior year with the Eagles. The repeat first-team All-Inland Valley selection hit .388 (33 for 85) with 29 runs scored, 17 RBIs, 11 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 stolen bases.
Freeman was chosen based on his showing in Perfect Game sponsored events. He plays with the California Baseball Academy.
He competed in a recent showcase in Florida and credits his performance in that for helping land him a spot.
There has been no time off since the spring season ended for Freeman. He has a tryout for the Area Code games tomorrow at USC and will be headed to Arizona for another travel ball event later this month.
“I really haven’t had a day off but that’s OK because I love playing the game,” he said. “You don’t need a day off when you love what you do.”
Here is link to rosters of players chosen for the game.
Etiwanda High School’s Tyler Freeman is among the players named to USA Baseball’s 2016 17U National Team Development Program (NTDP).
The team consists of 40 players and 28 alternates and was named after the conclusion of the 17U East and West National Team Championships in Florida and Arizona.
Players will move on to the week-long 2016 17U National Team Development Program to be held in Chicago, Ill., from July 18-22.
The National Team Development Program provides athletes the chance to connect with USA Baseball staff to better prepare for future national team experience. The program includes skill development sessions, off-field education seminars and intrasquad games
Athletes were chosen based on their participation and performance at USA Baseball sanctioned events, including the USA Baseball National Team Championships and the National Team Identification Series (NTIS).
Freeman just rounded out his junior year. The first-team All-Inland Valley selection hit .388 (33 for 85) with 29 runs scored, 17 RBIs, 11 doubles, 3 home runs and 13 stolen bases. He has committed to Texas Christian University.
Four local baseball players have been to the All-State Underclassmen team by Cal-Hi Sports.
The quartet is led by San Dimas juniors Jacob Castillo and Tommy Acuna. Both were named to the first team with Castillo selected as a pitcher and Acuna named as an infielder.
The duo led San Dimas to a 31-1 record. Castillo, who has committed to San Diego State, was 11-1 with an 0.43 ERA and also hit .341. Meanwhile Acuna, who committed to Arizona just last week, his .529 with 25 RBI.
Two locals also earned second team honors. Sophomore shortstop Tyler Freeman was named in the infield while Ayala junior Matthew Acosta was named in the outfield.
Freeman, who has committed to Texas Christian, hit .398 and scored 27 runs in helping the Eagles to a Baseline League title.
Acosta, who has signed with USC, was the top player for the Bulldogs. He hit .4689 and scored 25 runs.
Etiwanda baseball standout Tyler Freeman saw the college he liked and he jumped on the chance to cast his lot with that school.
The Eagles shortstop made a verbal commitment to Texas Christian University today, while on campus for a baseball camp.
He has been familiar with the school since he was young because he has a set of grandparents and an uncle who live near the school.
“I have wanted to go here since the first time I set foot on the campus,” he said. “It just felt like home.”
Freeman is one of the top young players in the area, having competed on the Eagles varsity last year as a freshman and earning second team All-Baseline League honors.
He played in all 25 games and hit. 276.
Freeman said he has been to several other schools unofficially, most notably UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC and Indiana. He didn’t feel the need to drag out the recruiting process.
“When I was little I used to tell my dad this is where I wanted to go when I was older,” he said.