2011 Fantasy Baseball Hot Prospects: Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman -- Atlanta Braves
Height: 6’ 5” Weight: 225 lbs. -- Hits: Left. Throws: Right
2010 Stats (AAA): .319/.378/.521, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 73 Runs, 6 Steals
Scouting Report – A big, strong kid that shows good awareness and discipline with each at-bat. Freeman has long, fluid arms which allow him to adjust well to pitch location and properly cover the outside edge of the plate. Though he is still young (21), Freeman has moved quickly through the Braves organization due to his always positive attitude as much as his lofty skill-set. He has great natural power that will only improve as he adjusts to major league pitching and how they choose to attack him. Freeman is also an above average defensive first baseman which will help his cause of being in the starting lineup come opening day. Although he is a big guy, Freeman runs pretty well and reminds me of a young Carlos Lee in that regard. His biggest obstacle is in trying to deposit every pitch into the right field bleachers. He tends to open up too early and therefore jam himself in trying to drive the ball, a fault that will be exposed on major league cut-fastballs.
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2011 Analysis – The Braves are rolling the dice in thinking that Freeman will answer the call as their starting 1B this season. There is a ton of upside here for sure but with the aging Chipper Jones coming back from ACL reconstruction and only Dan Uggla as a legitimate power source there will be much pressure on the youngster right away. If Freeman can calm his nerves, stay patient at the plate and work the count as he’s done throughout his minor league career, he could be a run producing force early on in his rookie campaign. Still, the more likely outcome here is that Freeman will have a few hot streaks and displays of big power before doing as most young players do and struggle to make adjustments. He is definitely worthy of a later middle round pick and would fit nicely into a CI position or even better as protection on your bench.
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