Freese Named NL Player Of The Week

Justin HulseyCorrespondent IMay 5, 2010

ST. LOUIS - APRIL 26: Albert Pujols #5 and David Freese #23 both of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate beating the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium on April 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Cardinals beat the Braves 4-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Coming into the homestand at Busch last week, David Freese was batting .277. After two series with the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnait Reds, Freese’s average was up 78 points to .355. A week like that deserves a reward, and that is exactly what Freese got when he was honored with the NL Player of the Week award yesterday.

“Right now most guys around the league haven’t seen me and I haven’t seen them. I’m just keeping everything simple. That’s usually a good way to go about it,” Freese said.

In the past seven days, Freese is hitting .462 (12 for 26) and .500 (9 for 18) with runners in scoring position, with three home runs, 11 runs batted in, and has a .932 slugging percentage. He is also riding a six game hitting streak. On the season he is .358/3/19 and trails only Andre Either in hitting and leads all rookies in both average and RBI.

In the past four weeks, David Freese has gone from the eighth spot in the lineup to the fifth spot. The 27-year-old third baseman is on a tear but, to be honest, nobody should be surprised.

Year (Leagues)AVGHRRBIAB
2006 (A-/A).3171370262
2007 (A+).3021796503
2008 (AAA).3612691464
2009 (RK/AA/AAA).3801248277

 

This. Guy. Can. Hit.

Freese, a ninth round draft pick in 2006, has spent plenty of time in the minors. Not only has he had time in the minors, he has smashed the ball in the past few years. Is he a great defensive third baseman? No, but he’s average. Will he hit .350? No, but I expect .290-.310 at the end of the year. For the first time in four years, it appears as if the Cardinals have an answer at the hot corner.

God knows he’s better than Joe Thurston.