Former North Central Texas College baseball player Sam Freeman has been traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Texas Rangers.
Freeman was an All-Conference player for the Lions in the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Sam played centerfield and pitched for the Lions. He helped lead NCTC to the Regional Championship game in 2006.
He went on to the University of Kansas where he was a standout pitcher for the Jayhawks. He was drafted twice by the Cardinals and finally signed after his senior year in 2008.
Freeman made his Major League debut in a interesting way. His first major league game was on June 1, 2012, which is the same game Johan Santana threw a no-hitter for the Mets against the Cardinals.
North Central baseball now has seven players who have made it to the Major Leagues, but Freeman is the first Lion to be a Texas Ranger.