David Freese 3B PIT 3 days ago

Freese hit his first home run, a solo shot, in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Freese had one of five Pirates home runs as Pittsburgh teed off at Coors Field. Freese has done just about everything this year but hit for power, as he now owns a solid-but-unspectacular .278/.374/.392 batting line.

David Freese 3B PIT 4 days ago

Freese went 3-for-5 with three doubles Sunday, reaching base five times -- he walked twice -- against Arizona.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He's batted third in the lineup for 17 of the 18 games he's played and would have more than five RBI if No. 2 hitter Andrew McCutchen was getting on base more frequently (.337 OBP). Freese was signed as insurance for Jung-Ho Kang but he's exceeded expectations and there's a decent chance he'll still see plenty of playing time between third base (Kang will be handled with kid glove care) and first base (platoon partner with John Jaso). Freese is 2-for-3 with a double against Monday starter Chad Bettis.

David Freese 3B PIT 7 days ago

Freese is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Diamondbacks, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 32-year-old Freese remained in the No. 3 spot in the order against a lefty earlier in the week, but he's out of the lineup entirely Friday against Patrick Corbin. Sean Rodriguez takes over at third base as Francisco Cervelli slots into the three-hole. Freese has hit safely in 12 of 15 starts so far this season, but just two of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases.

David Freese 3B PIT 2 weeks ago

Freese returns to the starting lineup Tuesday, batting third while playing third base against the Tigers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pittsburgh gave him his first day off Monday against Justin Verlander, though he did enter the game as a defensive replacement. Freese has hit seven singles in 26 at-bats, striking out 11 times while walking just once. He'll need to do more if he wants to see semi-steady time when Jung-Ho Kang (knee) returns.

David Freese 3B PIT 3 weeks ago

Freese is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Tigers, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Freese tallied just three hits over his last four games after notching four through his first two contests, so manager Clint Hurdle decided it was time for a day off. With Freese opening on the bench Monday, Sean Rodriguez will get the start at third base for the Pirates.

David Freese 3B PIT 4 weeks ago

Freese batted third in the lineup Sunday, going 2-for-4 against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He played error-free defense, contributing with a fine first-inning catch-and-throw on a dribble down the third-base line. Freese stranded four baserunners, but his spot in the lineup should see plenty of runners with John Jaso and Andrew McCutchen batting in front of him -- just keep in mind he'll lose full-time duty whenever Jung-Ho Kang returns in late April.

David Freese 3B PIT 4 weeks ago

Freese, who hit .250 in 24 Grapefruit League at-bats, will start the season as Pittsburgh's third baseman with Jung-Ho Kang (knee) sidelined.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Kang is still unable to run the bases, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Freese see the bulk of third base starts in April. Freese hit eight homers and drove in 28 runs during the first two months of 2015, making it possible he produces right out of the gate. Once Kang returns, Freese's situation becomes a little muddled. He's expected to platoon with John Jaso at first base, but the Bucs haven't been giving him game action there. As Pittsburgh has seen over the past couple seasons, it's not always easy just to put a third baseman at first base and expect good results.

David Freese 3B PIT 1 month ago

Freese served as the Pirates' DH against Philadelphia on Friday, going hitless in three at-bats.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After two appearances, he's 1-for-6 while serving as a designated hitter. The last two weeks-plus of spring training will be more important to Freese than other veterans, since he signed with Pittsburgh only one week ago.

David Freese 3B PIT 1 month ago

Freese will make his spring training debut Thursday, batting third and serving as the Bucs' designated hitter, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Freese is expected to start at third base in April while Jung-Ho Kang (knee) recovers from surgery. After Kang returns, the Pirates expect Freese to shift into a first-base platoon with John Jaso, though the organization has had a difficulty time converting position players into first basemen in recent years.

David Freese 3B PIT 2 months ago

Freese could platoon at first base when starting third baseman, Jung-Ho Kang, returns from the DL in late April or early May. "David will ... share time with John (Jaso) at first base," Huntington said. the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Freese has only played nine games at first base in his seven-year career, but the Bucs are already promoting him over other options such as Michael Morse. As a result, Freese could prove to be more than just an insurance policy for Kang.