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Braves' prospect Freddie Freeman to make his debut tonight

Sep 1, 2010, 6:01 PM EDT

As expected, the Braves purchased the contract of first baseman Freddie Freeman from Triple-A Gwinnett today. He’ll get the start tonight against the Mets, batting sixth, playing first base.

Very few of the Braves’ midseason moves were of much consequence. Rick Ankiel and Derrek Lee have sub-.700 OPSeseses since coming over, and Kyle Farnsworthless is who we thought he was. The team has lived by the bench this year, and of course, by rookies like Heyward, Mike Minor, Jonny Venters and whoever else Bobby Cox has been able to plug in.

Freeman is just the latest in that line. He’s 20, so he’s way young for AAA, but he has managed to hit to the tune of .319/.378/.521 at Gwinnett this season. Freeman
is almost certainly going to have a chance to be the starter in 2011, but if he can hit the ground running starting tonight, he may push Lee into the margins sooner rather than later.

Oh, and to match the Tigers’ feel-good story from this morning, the Braves also called up a long-time minor league catcher of their own: JC Boscan. Fourteen seasons in the minors, never a sniff of the bigs.

  1. Jay Seaver - Sep 1, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    When you can yell “Captain Marvel!” and suddenly have the strength of Hercules, you show surprising power.

  2. Spudchukar - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM

    Craig, I know you are a Braves fan and all, but starting a 20 year old ahead of Derick Lee on anything like a regular schedule seems awful desperate/hopeful. Perhaps Lee needs a day off or two, especially against a tough righty, but I still think getting Lee will pay big dividends before long and for your sake into the post-season.

  3. nps6724 - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:48 PM

    I think it was because Lee’s back has been hurting him and the Braves have already won 2 over the Mets.

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