I understand. Personally I've been following Rodon for a while but Freeland has only hit my radar in the last week or so. I just don't want to let myself be swayed by a familiarity bias. Freeland has a reputation of being a "control guy," which around here is equivalent to PTC. However I don't necessarily know if that's the case.
Best case scenario, Freeland has good control and swing and miss stuff. But again, as an outsider, its frustratingly difficult to make that determination because nobody gathers, or shares, those figures. How are we supposed to judge a prospect's pitches by looking at strikeout totals? That isn't very helpful.
If someone could tell us Freeland got, say, 10 swings and misses on his slider while throwing 30 of them, and Rodon got 20 while throwing 70 of them, who has the better slider?
Then, factor in the looking strikes? Who has better command of the pitch?
I guess we just have to trust the slow-moving industry consensus because, we don't have much choice.
It would be nice to have the data to maybe identify the top 10 talents who every year, drop to the 20-30 range or lower (eg. half the Cardinals rotation).
Just to punctuate my tangent...
Pick # 2013 WAR Wainwright 29th 6.2 Lynn 39th 1.8 Miller 19th 3.4 Westbrook 21st -0.6 Kelly 98th 2.6 Wacha 19th 1.7
Clearly the BPAs don't fall off the table in perfect order. Not even in the first round.