The Braves Freddie Freeman will be counted on for more home runs and RBIs in 2013
Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman avoided the sophomore slump and had a very good 2012 season. Not only did Freeman have a good season at the plate, he was one of three National League first basemen selected as gold glove nominees.
At 23 years old, Freeman is poised to have a long and productive major league career.
Hitting: In 2012 Freeman hit .256, with 23 HRs, and and 94 RBIs, with a .340 OBP, .456 SLG, and .796 OPS. It is amazing how Freeman’s 2012 numbers mirror his 2011 rookie campaign. His rookie numbers were .282 AVG, 21 HRs, 76 RBIs, .346 OPB, .448 SLG, and .795 OPS.
Due to his numbers being so startlingly similar there could be legitimate concern that Freeman has plateaued and this is all the Braves will get from him moving forward. But when you compare Freeman’s sophomore season to Heyward‘s, you have to be pleased with his second season accomplishments and expect more in 2013.
Defense: Freeman has established himself as a top-notch defensive player, one of the best in the National League. At 6’5″ he is a big target, and is particularly adept at digging errant throws out of the dirt. Despite his size he is nimble and also throws well.
Summary: Freeman had a very good sophomore campaign and has emerged as one of the Braves more consistent players. With his size you can expect his power to continue to develop as he moves toward his mid 20s. He’s also adept at hitting lefty pitching, a valuable commodity for a left-handed hitter that bats in the middle of the line-up.
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