David Freese
1B/3B PIT
5 days ago

Freese will likely see steady playing time at third base in April following news that starter Jung Ho Kang has reportedly been denied a work visa.

EDGE Analysis

Freese represents Pittsburgh's best option at the hot corner, though less steady options like Phil Gosselin, Alen Hanson and John Jaso remain occasional possibilities. Adam Frazier has five games of big-league experience at third and the organization could also decide to move Josh Harrison off second base at times. For his part, Freese got off to a strong start in 2016 but hit only .247/.331/.333 in his final 169 plate appearances. He's doing well in Grapefruit League action with a .375 batting average in 32 at-bats.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
3 weeks ago

Freese's chances for increased playing time early in 2017 increase with each day starting third baseman Jung Ho Kang misses from spring training.

EDGE Analysis

Serving as Pittsburgh's starter at third, Freese slashed .291/.376/.388 in 117 plate appearances last April while Kang recovered from a broken leg. The 33-year-old is already set to receive a lesser number of at-bats as a platoon partner with Josh Bell in 2017, but he would likely become an everyday player if Kang can't go. Freese finished 2016 with a tepid .247/.331/.333, but for a short while he could cover for teams lacking a third base option.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
6 months ago

Freese is dealing with left leg discomfort and is not in Sunday's starting lineup.

EDGE Analysis

Speaking on his weekly radio show, GM Neal Huntington said that Freese would be fine long-term and that he could play if the team still had playoff hopes. Pittsburgh signed Freese to a two-year extension in August.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
6 months ago

Freese is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Freese has assumed everyday first base duties while Starling Marte (back) has been on the shelf, but the corner infielder will get a day to rest Tuesday. Josh Bell will slide over to first base to cover for Freese, while Matt Joyce enters the starting lineup to fill the void in the outfield left by Bell's shift.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese went 1-for-3 Friday and seems to be seeing the ball better after a protracted slump.

EDGE Analysis

He has five hits in his last 11 at-bats. Freese was hitting .167 (6-for-36) with no extra-base hits since signing his contract extension prior to Wednesday. His playing time isn't guaranteed when Starling Marte returns -- which pushes Josh Bell back to first base from the outfield -- but at least it looks like he's regained his hitting stroke.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese is absent from the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.

EDGE Analysis

Freese has been less than impressive at the plate as of late, so he'll get his second day off in the past three games. Jung Ho Kang will man the hot corner in his stead.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese is out of the lineup Sunday against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

Freese has gotten the call at the hot corner in five of the last six contests, but the veteran will rest in favor of the 24-year-old Adam Frazier for the afternoon contest.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.

EDGE Analysis

After starting the last three games at third base, Freese will give way to Sean Rodriguez on Wednesday. Rodriguez will bat seventh in the order against Cubs' right-hander Jason Hammel.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

He has been mired in a slump of late and the frustration boiled over Friday night, as Freese was visibly upset in the dugout after making an out. Manager Clint Hurdle will hit the reset button and give Freese a day to get his head together as Adam Frazier takes over at third base.

David Freese
1B/3B PIT
7 months ago

Freese has three extra-base hits in August and is batting .171 (7-for-41) since August 13.

EDGE Analysis

A resurgent season recently led Pittsburgh to extend Freese for two more years, but he's fallen into a slump. Whether it's because he's playing too much or something else, the production has slipped. He was visibly upset in the dugout after one failed at-bat Friday. With Jung-Ho Kang (shoulder) out for at least another week, Freese will continue seeing ample opportunities.