Freese named league’s Pitcher of the Year

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - SPORTS - Times-Her­ald staff re­port

Vallejo Ad­mi­rals Dakota Freese was named the Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion Pitcher of the Year for the 2019 sea­son, the in­de­pen­dent pro­fes­sional baseball league an­nounced re­cently.

Freese went 7-5 over­all with a 2.91 ERA for the Ad­mi­rals as the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, na­tive had a break-through sea­son on the mound.

Freese amassed over 90 strike­outs for the third con­sec­u­tive sea­son by strik­ing out 94 bat­ters in just 77 1/3 in­nings pitched. On Aug. 17, the righty threw a com­plete game shutout against the Salina Stock­ade for his third ca­reer shutout. Over his 12 starts, Freese also al­lowed just 49 hits.

In mid-Au­gust, Freese joined the Ot­tawa Cham­pi­ons of the Cana­dian-Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for their play­off push. Over his last four starts with the Ad­mi­rals’, Freese held a 4-0 record in 27 in­nings pitched with al­low­ing just five earned runs while strik­ing out 37 bat­ters.

The for­mer 12th round draft pick of the Oak­land A’s re­cently signed with the Sioux Falls Ca­nar

ies of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion for the 2020 sea­son.

Freese is the first Vallejo

Ad­mi­ral to be named Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion Pitcher of the Year. Over his three sea­sons in the Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion, Freese has played for the San Rafael Pacifics, Pitts­burg Di­a­monds and the Ad­mi­rals. The righthande­d

pitcher has 286 strike­outs in just 243 2/3 in­nings pitched.

2018 Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion Pitcher of the Year win­ner Jared Koenig re­cently signed with the Oak­land A’s or­ga­ni­za­tion

for the 2020 sea­son. Koenig set a Pa­cific As­so­ci­a­tion best 140 strike­outs in the 2018 sea­son.

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