GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T first baseman Kelvin Freeman was selected in the 17th round, 498th overall, by the Chicago Cubs in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Freeman is the first A&T player drafted since Xavier Macklin was selected in 2011 by the Oakland Athletics, and is the seventh Aggie player drafted since 2002. A&T has had 15 total players drafted since the MLB First-Year Player Draft began in 1965.
Freeman put together a tremendous senior season for the Aggies in 2013, earning the MEAC Player of the Year award, first-team MEAC and MEAC All-Tournament team honors, and third-team Louisville Slugger All-American honors.
He finished the season with a .342 average, 12 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs and 59 RBI. Freeman led the conference in home runs, RBI and total bases. He ranks ninth in the nation in home runs and 31st in RBI. He posted a .663 slugging percentage, which is 10th best in the nation. He led the team with 15 multi-RBI games and 20 multi-hit games this spring, and was named MEAC Player of the Week on April 29.
“Good for him. He worked himself into this position, going from two home runs last year to 16 this year,” said A&T head coach Joel Sanchez. “He always had the power, but put it together this year. That was good to see. He had a good performance in the conference tournament. It was good to see that for him. He’ll probably go to Arizona for a short spring and then maybe to a short season Northwest League team. He’s got an opportunity, and he needs to make the most of it and keep swinging the bat. That’s why they picked him.”
He finished his A&T career with a .344 average with 49 doubles, three triples, 31 home runs and 175 RBI.
Freeman was highly decorated throughout his career at A&T. He was the 2010 MEAC Rookie of the Year and earned second-team All-MEAC honors in 2012. He also earned 2010 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors and 2010 MEAC All-Tournament honors.