Freese Named NL Player Of The Week

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Freese Named NL Player Of The Week
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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) AVG HR RBI AB
2006 (A-/A) .317 13 70 262
2007 (A+) .302 17 96 503
2008 (AAA) .361 26 91 464
2009 (RK/AA/AAA) .380 12 48 277

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.

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