Playing all year at age 18, Freeman hit a respectable .285 with a .339 on-base percentage and .484 slugging percentage in the first half of the 2008 season. In the second half, he jumped to .349/.418/.562 to finish second in the South Atlantic League in slugging and fourth in average, hits, extra-base hits and RBIs.
Scouting report: Has an advanced idea of what to do at the plate, especially considering his age. Good pitch recognition leads to an ability to drive the ball, and he seems to be even better with runners on base. Should hit for average and more power in the future. Good defensive first baseman with an above-average arm (he was a pitcher in high school).
Upside potential: Outstanding defensive first baseman who will hit for average and power while driving in plenty of runs in the middle of a big-league lineup.
They said it: "The thing that stands out this year is what he accomplished in his first full season at age 18 throughout the entire year. He put up good average and power numbers and was consistent all year long. He got his hits, he got his hits when there were runners in scoring position and drove runs in. That's what stood out, his ability to sustain that through his first long full season at age 18." -- Braves Farm Director Kurt Kemp
He said it: "It's nice to break records, but it would have been a lot better to get a win. The records will be special to me after the season." -- Freeman on breaking the Rome Braves' single-season hits record