Found December 12, 2012 on
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Spring training is coming, with pitchers and catches to report on Feb. 11 and there is no shortage of burning questions facing the Braves before they descend upon Disney World.
We open up our series of position primers at first base where Atlanta has a budding star on its hands in Freddie Freeman, who will be looking to truly establish himself as one of the games top first basemen after an up and down 2012.
So without further ado ...
1. Can Freddie Freeman make the leap at the plate?
First the positives as Freemans power numbers increased in his second full season in the majors with 23 home runs and 94 RBIs after 21 and 76, respectively, as a rookie and his OPS rose ever so slightly from .795 to .796.
But his average dipped, which was largely due to the eye injury he suffered May 5 at Coors Field. Freeman went from .302 20 points above his rookie average to .257 by the end of the month, and while he made up some ground thanks to a midsummers hot streak, hitting at a .386 cli...
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