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David Freese
Birthdate: 4/28/1983 (33 y, 10 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/220     Position: 3B
Drafted: 2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 17, Overall: 273, Team: San Diego Padres
Contract: $3M / 1 Years (2016)
Extension: $11M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Freese's chances for increased playing time early in 2017 improve with each day starting third baseman Jung Ho Kang is absent from spring training. (3/10/2017)
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Profile: Mr. Freese has a few gifts as a hitter. He consistently produces an above-average hard-hit rate. His fly balls tend to leave the yard - he had a career best 21.7% home run to fly ball ratio last season. The drawback, the tendency that ruined everything, was his 60% ground ball rate. It's nice when over one-fifth of your fly balls clear the fence. It's less nice when you only hit 60 fly balls. Freese also benefited from 16 infield hits despite well-below-average speed. His strikeout rate spiked to 28.9%. Overall, the Pirates liked what they saw enough to extend him two years with an option. I see a 33-year-old on the verge of collapse. The Pittsburgh brass clearly believes he has a little bit more left in the tank. Despite my personal reservations, Freese doesn't have to be very good to "earn" his contract. Free agent wins cost over $8 million apiece, and Freese is being paid like a backup. Considering he's produced two wins in each of the last three seasons, there's a good chance he'll outperform his contract. Unfortunately, he's limited to first and third base, and both are positions of depth for the Pirates -- and in fantasy. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: "Watch the numbers, Batman, for they are the harbingers of your doom." So said Mr. Freeze to Batman. However, it's actually David Freese who should watch the numbers. If he doesn't find a way to hit fewer ground balls, he'll find it difficult to remain an average major league corner infielder or an option in standard fantasy formats.

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