34-Year-Old Third Baseman – Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
With Jung Ho Kang in South Korea all season after being denied a work visa, Freese was the Pirates’ regular third baseman, save for an April visit to the disabled list with a sore hamstring. Apparentl...
David Freese Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Pirates, which includes a club option for 2019, in August of 2016.
Freese is out of Saturday's lineup against the Nationals.
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|Sep. 30||@Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 28||@Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 24||StL||Did not play.|
|Sep. 19||Mil||Did not play.|
|Sep. 11||@Mil||Did not play.|
|Sep. 7||ChC||Did not play.|
|Sep. 3||Cin||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||11||1||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||0||0||1||0||0||.182||.357||.182||.539|
|Last 14 Games||34||2||7||2||0||0||5||3||6||0||0||2||0||0||.206||.308||.265||.573|
|Last 30 Games||81||6||23||4||0||1||9||5||24||0||0||4||0||1||.284||.356||.370||.726|
David Freese: MLB Games Played By Position
David Freese Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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David Freese Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for David Freese As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for David Freese
2018 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2018 projections compared to top 40 third basemen in 2016 (min 270 PA)
Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsBell, Josh (1B)
AAABarnes, Barrett (OF)
AAAgrazal, Dario (P)
A+Craig, Will (1B)
AAlemais, Stephen (SS)
RookieApostel, Sherten (3B)
David Freese: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The 33-year-old Freese parlayed a one-year spring training deal into a two-year, $11 million extension based on a .276/.355/.437 line with 12 homers and 49 RBI through Aug. 22. He played well at third base with Jung-Ho Kang (knee) sidelined for the first five weeks and then split time at first base and third the rest of the way. Since 2012, Freese has hit between 10 and 14 homers while driving in 49 to 55 RBI each year. After signing his extension last summer, his numbers slipped: he hit .247 with one homer and six RBI in 101 plate appearances despite a .404 BABIP. There's a better chance his numbers decline than improve in 2017 given his advancing age and competition for playing time.
Freese had a bit of a rebound from his disastrous 2014 season, as he posted the second-highest ISO of his career (.163), but the strikeout rate approached 23 percent, while the walk rate (6.6%) was his lowest since 2009 as a member of the Cardinals. Freese missed all of August with a finger injury, and though he was able to post a .933 OPS upon his return in September, he was not given a qualifying offer from the team, and elected to become a free agent in November. Third base has become a premium slugging position with the emergence of players like Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado, making the 32-year-old a late-round option at best in most formats if he can find a place where he is the starter, and he would have even less value in the possible scenario where he is acquired by a club to be a bench bat.
Freese's first season as a member of the Angels ended in disappointment, as the 31-year-old posted the lowest .OPS of his career (.704) in 134 games. While his batted-ball profile showed a career-best mark for line drive percentage, as well as a decrease in groundballs, his strikeout rate continued to climb, settling at a career-high 24.3%. He also walked just 38 times in 462 at-bats, carrying his lowest walk rate (7.4%) since 2011. Despite his unflattering overall numbers, Freese managed to salvage September, as he sported a .315/.367/.562 line with just nine punchouts in 73 at-bats. Freese will almost certainly begin the 2015 season at the hot corner, but Gordon Beckham saw a few starts at third base before he turned it on in the final month, so it's not inconceivable that he could find himself playing for his job at some point if he can't get his strikeout numbers under control.
Freese struggled in his final season with the Cardinals, seeing his numbers come down across the board, likely the result of a normalization of his BABIP (.320) thanks to a very groundball-heavy profile (55.2% groundball rate). Over his five-year big league career, Freese has been increasingly prone to pounding pitches into the ground, which understandably has taken a toll on the power he can provide. After being traded to the Angels during the offseason, he'll have minimal competition for playing time in Orange County, but his new home park doesn't offer much in terms of an upgraded run environment. Fortunately, he may be able to pile up useful counting stats if the Angels manage to get rebound efforts from Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in front of Freese in the batting order.
Freese finally put it all together and made it through a whole season, and while his numbers won't remind anyone of his legendary 2011 postseason run, they weren't bad. Unfortunately, Freese turns 30 in April, and while he doesn't have a lot of miles on his tires, his prime could be short-lived. As long as he stays healthy - and that's a big if - he could hit a lot of home runs in the next few years, but if his contact rate declines even just a little bit (he had 122 strikeouts in 501 at-bats last year), Freese might find himself on the bench more often than he has in recent seasons even when healthy.
Freese may have finally left his bad luck behind in 2011. Oh, he had a two-month stint on the DL with a broken hand, but that was all forgotten once October rolled around, as he hit like a man possessed (.397/.465/.794 and five home runs in 63 at-bats). His postseason heroics will likely overrate him some, but one shouldn't consider him flash in the pan, as he's always been a pretty good hitter and just needed the opportunity. Though his career-high 10 home runs in just 333 at-bats is a good sign, his exorbitantly-high .359 BABIP might suggest his batting average is coming down a little in 2012. Then again, his BABIP has always been high.
Freese can't seem to catch a break. Every time it looks like he's going to be handed the job at the hot corner, injuries or other circumstances ruin the opportunity. Last season, he even suffered a fluke toe injury when he was already on the DL with an ankle injury. When he was healthy, he didn't provide the home runs you would expect from a corner infielder, though his .361 on base percentage shows promise. Once again, he's at the top of the organizational depth chart at third, but the Cardinals could be looking elsewhere in the offseason.
Poor guy. In March it looked like Freese would be the main beneficiary of Troy Glaus' shoulder surgery. Fantasy owners paid accordingly. After a couple of weeks of backing up the likes of Brian Barden and Joe Thurston, Freese was sent down. Although he continued to show his strong power, he had an ankle injury that kept him out of action for a couple of months. By the time the Cards called him up in September, his time had passed. The good news is that Brett Wallace is now gone, so Freese may have a clear path to the third-base job in 2009. That is, if he can hold off Allen Craig, Barden and Thurston.
Freese came over from the Padres a year ago, blocked by Kevin Kouzmanoff. His path to the majors isn't any better in St. Louis, with Troy Glaus ahead of him and Brett Wallace and Allen Craig coming up behind him fast. As a 25-year-old playing in Triple-A for the first time in 2008, Freese hit .306/.361/.550, so he's proved himself to be good with the stick. He probably will not be able to hold off Wallace for much longer, so if he doesn't make the majors in 2009, he'll probably be elsewhere by 2010.
Freese turned in a solid season at High-A Lake Elsinore last year (.302/.400/.489 with 17 homers and 96 RBI), but that was as a 24-year-old in a low-level league that favors hitters. Freese's path in San Diego was blocked at third base by Kevin Kouzmanoff and top prospect Chase Headley, so an offseason trade to St. Louis should improve his fantasy outlook. He'll likely spend 2008 in Double-A with an outside shot of reaching the majors in September.