David Freese, Third Base, Pittsburgh Pirates, #7
Date of Birth: 4/28/1983
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas
College: University of South Alabama
David Freese, third baseman, was first drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2006 but he only played in the minor leagues while with them. He was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008 and he made his first appearance in the major leagues in the 2009 season, playing in 17 games with the Cardinals.
Freese suffered from an ankle injury and had surgery in 2010. He ended up playing in just 70 games with the Cardinals that season. The following year, he fractured his left hand and ended up playing in only 97 games. However, he was healthy for the 2011 post-season and he played exceptionally well in the playoffs and World Series. He batted .397 with 25 hits, 8 doubles, 5 home runs, and 21 RBIs (an MLB record) in the 2011 post-season. His efforts earned him the National League Championship Series MVP award and the World Series MVP award.
Freese had a strong 2012 season, batting .293 with career highs in hits (147), home runs (20), and RBIs (79). On February, 2013, the Cardinals and Freese agreed to a one-year contract. In 2013, he batted .262 with 121 hits and 26 doubles in 138 games.
In November, 2013, the Cardinals traded Freese to the Los Angeles Angels. He finished the 2014 season with 120 hits, 25 doubles, and a .260 batting average in 134 games. He played in three postseason games and he had one hit in eight at-bats.
Freese broke a finger in July, 2015, and he spent time on the DL. He finished the season with a .257 batting average, 109 hits, 27 doubles, 14 home runs, and 56 RBIs in 121 games. Defensively, at third base, he made 179 assists, 13 double plays, 54 putouts, and 8 errors in 113 games.
Freese signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Pirates on March 11, 2016. He played in 141 games in 2016, finishing with a .270 batting average. He had 118 hits, 23 doubles, 13 home runs, and 55 RBIs. Defensively, he played 58 games at first base, 2 games at second base, and 78 games at third base.
Freese batted .263 in 130 games in 2017. He had 112 hits, 16 doubles, 52 RBIs, and 116 strikeouts to 58 walks. Defensively, as the Pirates' third baseman in 116 games, he made 222 assists, 29 double plays, 66 putouts, and 12 errors.
Career batting statistics for Freese through 2017 include:
- 992 games played
- 907 hits
- 172 doubles
- 91 home runs
- 455 RBIs
- 858 strikeouts to 323 walks
- .274 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Freese at third base through 2017 include:
- 856 games played
- 1,472 assists
- 173 double plays
- 429 putouts
- 86 errors
- .957 fielding percentage