It would be a pretty safe bet to assume that Freddie Freeman is the most talked about Atlanta Braves player as Spring Training begins. After a huge contract extension, Freeman now is expected to be the team leader he was in 2013 every season. That all begins now as he gets another spring started. How will he react to his new-found stability?
For most players with a new contract it would go one of two directions. He will either be ultra-relaxed by his new contract or extremely overstressed. Many players slump after an extension because they are pressing and trying to prove they deserve the money. Don’t expect either one of these two extremes to happen with Freeman. That’s not the type of player he is.
Honestly, Freeman isn’t all that complicated of a player to figure out. He is just a good baseball player. His job is to be a MLB player and he is good at it. Rarely will he ever hit a long slump if he is healthy because he is just naturally a good hitter. You can bet if he hits a long slump it has something to do with an injury.
Last spring Freeman wasn’t exactly waiting on the season. He hit .342 with 7 home runs and16 RBI in 26 games. That was his best spring ever just prior to his best season ever. Keep an eye on how he performs this spring. If he produces a decent average and good run production look for yet another great season. If he can stay off of the disabled list this year he will compete for MVP. As it did last season, a great year in 2014 would begin with a great Spring Training.