Originally posted on More Hardball  |  Last updated 12/7/12
The jump from Double-A to the Majors is not an easy one, but that's just what the Houston Astros' Rule 5 selection Nate Freiman is going to do in 2013. The 8th round selection by the San Diego Padres in 2009 out of Duke University has done nothing but hit at every level along his minor league journey. Freiman stands 6'7" and weighs 225 pounds, so his frame suggests great power. Through 4 minor league seasons he's amassed some nice stats: .294/.847, 483 G, 280 R, 551 H, 131 DBL, 71 HR, and 368 RBI. He turns 26 years old on the last day of the calendar (December 31st) and has a legitimate shot at seeing significant time at 1st base and DH next season. A .250/.750 season with 15 HR and 70 RBI is not a stretch, and if Houston gets that, they'll be pleased.
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