Freddie Freeman, First Base, Atlanta Braves, #5


Date of Birth: 9/12/1989
Birthplace: Fountain Valley, California
Current Salary: $20,859,375

Freddie Freeman, first baseman for the Atlanta Braves, was drafted by the Braves in 2007 while he was still in high school. He played in the minor leagues for the Braves from 2007 through 2010 and ended his minor league career with a .303 batting average.

Freeman made his first appearance with the Braves on September 1, 2010. That year, he played in just 20 games with the Braves. In 2011, his rookie season in the major leagues, Freeman batted .282 with 161 hits, 32 doubles, 21 home runs, and 76 RBIs in 157 games.

Freeman had his best year in 2013, batting a career high of .319 with career highs in hits (176), home runs (23), and RBIs (109) in 147 games. On February 4, 2014, the Braves rewarded Freeman for his strong playing with an eight-year, $135 million contract extension. He finished the 2014 season with 175 hits, a career high 43 doubles (second most in the National League), 18 home runs, 78 RBIs, and a .288 batting average in 162 games.

Freeman spent time on the DL in June and July, 2015, with a bone bruise and a wrist injury. He finished the 2015 season with a .276 batting average, 115 hits, 27 doubles, 18 home runs, and 66 RBIs in 118 games. Defensively, at first base, he made 63 assists, 103 double plays, 893 putouts, and 4 errors and he had a .996 fielding percentage.

Freeman had a good 2016 season, finishing with a .302 batting average, career highs in hits (178), doubles (43), and home runs (34), and 91 RBIs in 158 games. Defensively, as the Braves' first baseman in 158 games, he made 107 assists, 116 double plays, 1,305 putouts, and 5 errors.

Career batting statistics for Freeman through 2016 include:

  • 909 games played
  • 949 hits
  • 206 doubles
  • 138 home runs
  • 515 RBIs
  • 814 strikeouts to 418 walks
  • .288 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Freeman at first base through 2016 include:

  • 898 games played
  • 564 assists
  • 692 double plays
  • 7,345 putouts
  • 42 errors
  • .995 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Freddie Freeman
ESPN - Freddie Freeman