Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 18 Freddie Freeman

By Ryan Gaydos
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Since Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman became an everyday starter in 2011, the power that he has brought to Atlanta has been immense. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in his first year hitting 21 home runs, driving in 76 RBI and slugging .448 with an OPS of .795. Freeman is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous hitters in Major League Baseball and will be for quite some time.

His power trip has not stopped since 2011. In his three full seasons with the Braves (including 20 games in 2010), he has hit 68 home runs with 280 RBI. He is batting .285/.358/.466/.825 in 1,908 plate appearances. What is even better is that he does not strikeout too much either. He has never struck out more than 150 times which is something you cannot say for a power hitter like Chris Davis or teammate Jason Heyward.

Freeman is in the heart of the Braves lineup, surrounded by dangerous batters like Heyward and the Uptons. He is only 24-years-old and still has a wealth of potential left in him. He has the ability to become a premier talent in the league at one point of his career, which is why he is one of the top players on the list.

Next season could be Freeman’s breakout year. It will be his fourth full year, and barring any crazy injuries Freeman may hit the 30-home run plateau for the first time in his career. In 2013, he hit 23 home runs for the second consecutive year while compiling a career-high 109 RBI.

The power he possesses is immense, and the Braves hope he can keep it up for the foreseeable future.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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