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Freeman driven from early age to achieve Major League dream

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -- ETSU and David Crockett product Clinton Freeman is three days into his new life as a Major League Baseball player. Freeman was taken in the 18th Round Saturday by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now it's time continue his rise to stardom while remembering where he got his start.

Freeman has always been a quietly confident superstar with one main goal. He wanted to succeed and go pro, representing both his high school and college at the same time.

That motivation started early on in his high school career, and after a lot of schools didn't show interest in him, his drive to be great just kept getting stronger.

"I made my mind up early on in high school that that's what I wanted to do," Freeman said. "I wanted to work through the hard times, and definitely when I was coming up through high school I got a couple looks but nothing really significant. Then, coming up through my sophomore and junior year (of college) too I just wanted to keep working toward that goal of getting drafted."

Freeman did agree to terms with the Dodgers Monday. He's headed to Arizona later this week for a physical and likely starts his pro career in Utah next week with the Rookie League Ogden Raptors.

As for teammate, Chris Riopedre: he's signing with the Washington Nationals Wednesday once he passes his physical.
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