Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on November 16, 2016 (ATL). Originally drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft (WAS).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|Hitting .263 in 72 games at Gwinnett (Triple-A) with three home runs, 13 doubles and 21 RBIs.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Gwinnett on August 30 when C Tyler Flowers went on the 10-day DL, and RHP Enrique Burgos was designated for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
MLB Debut Date: 08/30/17
|August 30, in the second game of a daytime doubleheader, a 5-2 win against the Phillies. The starting catcher, he batted eighth and went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. In the second, against right-handed starter Mark Leiter, Jr., he lined out hard to right field. In the fourth, with one on and one out, he hit an RBI double to center, scoring Dansby Swanson, and came around to score on a single to center by Ender Inciarte. In the sixth, he struck out swinging to end the inning. He was pinch-hit for in the eighth by Matt Adams.|
|Now in his eighth pro season, the Connecticut-born Freitas was originally drafted by the Nationals out of the University of Hawaii in 2010. Dealt to the Athletics in August of 2012 for fellow catcher Kurt Suzuki, he was then traded to the Orioles in December of 2013 as the player to be named later in an earlier deal for pitcher Jim Johnson. He moved two years later to the Cubs when he was selected in the minor league phase of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft and, after declaring for minor league free agency a year later, was signed by the Braves with whom he finally reached the big leagues. A career .272 hitter in 672 games, he is considered a solid defensive catcher with a bit of pop in his bat who calls a good game. In 2016, between Tennessee (Double-A) and Iowa (Triple-A) in the Cubs system, he hit .295 with six home runs and 53 RBIs in 91 games, his best offensive season.|