Spring Training excitement rolls on for the Houston Astros as days motor on towards the first exhibition game this weekend. Bo Porter, Astros manager has his team believing in themselves and wanting to play the game for the right reasons and in the right way. One such player that is itching to play for Bo Porter is first baseman Nate Freiman. Just as Freiman would love to make the Astros roster, Porter likes what he sees in the big young man.
Did I say big? How about 6’-8” tall? That’s a pretty good stretch at first. Try overthrowing that guy. More than likely Freiman, if he makes the club, would do so as a designated hitter that had the ability to play first as well. Still, someone who loves the idea of getting in the game isn’t a bad addition for anyone. With Chris Carter probably taking first base duties on a daily basis, it’s a good thing the Astros now find themselves with an extra hitter, via the DH.
In Freiman, the Astros would be getting a prospect that has shown the ability to hit with power and hit well. He has two straight minor league seasons with over twenty homers and over one-hundred runs batted in. Porter attributes his hitting success not to his size, but rather his compact swing. Imagine a compact and quick swing in a man standing 6’-8” tall? That is what Freiman has and Porter simply stated that was how you drive in a hundred runs. How many runs will he drive in for Porter this season? I guess he needs to make the team first but like everything with this new Astros team, it will be interesting to watch.