Freeman keeps improving as season wears on

Just over 100 games into the season, at a time when some rookies start to fade, Freddie Freeman keeps getting better.

The Braves’ 21-year-old first baseman had another three-hit game Wednesday to raise his average to .287. He also made another diving catch of a line drive in the late innings with a runner on base, his third such catch in two nights.

Freeman hit .325 with 29 extra-base hits and a .386 on-base percentage in his past 58 games before Thursday, and had eight homers, 24 RBIs, a .409 OBP and 1.004 on-base-plus-slugging percentage (OPS) in his past 30 games.

He extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a first-inning single Thursday.

“He’s just getting started,” second baseman Dan Uggla said of the 6-foot-5 California native, whose 11 three-hit games were more that double the next-highest Braves total. “He’s kind of a freak of nature, him and [Jason] Heyward both. They’re both so talented, yet so humble.

“Freddie, he’s acclimated now and he’s just got a great attitude towards everything. This kid, he already is really good, but it’s going to be scary to see what he does in his career.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says Freeman is the best defensive first baseman he’s seen this season. He compared him to former three-time Gold Glove winner Derrek Lee, who played for the Braves late last season.

“He reminds me of Derrek Lee when Derrek was in his heyday, when he was young,” said Gonzalez, a Florida third-base coach when Lee played for the Marlins early in his career. “Not that Derrek Lee is over the hill, but a young Derrek Lee, who could move around for a big guy.

“He [Freeman] has got to be the best I’ve ever seen at digging balls out of the dirt. Right there with D-Lee.”

Before Thursday, Freeman led NL rookies in hits (106), doubles (24), walks (39) and extra-base hits (39), and ranked second in average (.287), home runs (15) and RBIs (51).

13 comments Add your comment

Komminsk

July 28th, 2011
6:52 pm

SoCalBrave

July 28th, 2011
6:57 pm

Can Freeman and Kimbrel share ROY?

urban redneck

July 28th, 2011
6:58 pm

first is D U M dumb

and yes, freddie is the real deal……………..but his roommate ain’t bad either.

TheDream

July 28th, 2011
7:12 pm

@SoCalBrave… +1 on your comment, my thoughts exactly

Scott from Fairburn

July 28th, 2011
7:15 pm

I made a bet before the season with a Mets fan on who would more bombs this year … Ike Davis or Freeman … Thank god after years of Brogna, Thorman, and Franco, we have a stud at 1b

Willy

July 28th, 2011
7:30 pm

In case anyone’s interested here’s Kenshin Kawakami’s numbers so far in AA ball: 2-4, ERA 7.20; 35 IP with 45 hits and 12 walks.

Salary $7,333,666 (soon coming off the books!).

VinceVanGo

July 28th, 2011
7:39 pm

Speaking of 21 year old ballplayers wait until the Braves call up Tyler Pastornicky, shortstop at Gwinett in September and the fans can see their future shortstop and what they missed for most of the year. His defense is probably short of Gonzolaz but he’s a real good hitter with speed on the bases.

[...] Gonzalez was comparing Freddie Freeman to Derrek Lee today. Freeman has an OPS over 1.000 in his last 58 [...]

StevoDeg

July 28th, 2011
10:18 pm

I love Freddie and Kimbrel, but Danny Espinosa also needs some serious ROY consideration.
I’m so excited about what they’re both bringing to us though. Hopefully we can lock up JJ and Hanson for a while and potentially start another run of consecutive playoff appearances/division titles.
P.S. Don’t look now, but A-Gonzalez is starting to hit a little. Let’s get those Phillies!
Go Braves!

ChillyMutt

July 29th, 2011
8:16 am

Freddie’s the real deal.
Love seeing him flash the leather at 1st base.

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Ready Freddie

July 29th, 2011
4:38 pm

Freddie continues to impress me and this 50 year old doesn’t impress easily……hell I even bought a Freeman shirt at the game the other night…I just love this kid and the last one to impress me like this was the young Chipper…….Freddie even looks like the left hitting Chipper.The Bravos got lucky on this young man!A couple more like him and the Brave’s will be the team to beat for another 15 years…eat your heart out Philly!

AdirondackDave

July 29th, 2011
4:50 pm

Danny Espinosa will get some ROY consideration but Freddie and Kimbrel have both pulled well ahead of him individually. Espinosa has a .233 BA and over 100 Ks already… nice power numbers though. Not sure how many Ks Freddie has but less, I’m sure.

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