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Nate Freiman

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Nate Freiman

MLB (retired)
Full Name Nathan Samuel Freiman
Date of Birth 12/31/1986
BirthplaceWellesley, MA
Religion Jewish
Height 6'8
Weight 250
Bats/Throws R/R
Drafted Padres
Draft Round8
Overall Pick234
Salary, 2024 Unknown

Career highlights (through 2014)

  • Selected by the San Diego Padres in the 8th round of the 2009 amateur draft (234th overall)
  • In 2011, ranked among California League (A-advanced) leaders with 111 RBIs (3rd), 22 HRs (6th/tie), and 35 doubles (8th/tie)
  • In 2012, ranked among Texas League (AA) leaders with 105 RBIs (1st), 24 HRs (3rd), 31 doubles (4th), and a .502 slugging percentage (5th)
  • In what may have been the top Jewish HR duo in minor-league history, Freiman and San Antonio Missions teammate Cody Decker hit 24 and 25 HRs, respectively, in 2012 to finish 3rd and 2nd in the Texas League (AA). Decker hit an additional 4 HRs with the Tucson Padres (AAA) that season
  • Hit 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, and a single in 12 at-bats for Team Israel during the 2012 qualifying round for the World Baseball Classic
  • In MLB debut with the Oakland Athletics, went 2-for-3 with one RBI (4/3/2013)
  • Hit first MLB home run in his 14th career at-bat, a 3-run shot; see article and video (4/15/2013)
  • Played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic

2014 highlights

  • Had 7 HRs and 35 RBIs in May while playing for the Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
  • Shook off fatigue from a red-eye flight and hit a three-run, go-ahead  HR in his first game back in the Majors this season (6/29/2014)
  • Hit two HRs off the Atlanta Braves in one game, one of them a 459-footer (8/17/2014)
  • Was a pinch-hitter in Oakland’s wild-card game against Kansas City, where he was joined by teammate Sam Fuld
  • Shined in interleague play, going 7-for-18 with 4 HRs and 8 RBIs
  • Hit all 5 HRs in his first 64 at-bats
  • Made for interesting Jewish bookends on the field with teammate Sam Fuld, who is generously listed at 5’10”

2013 highlights

  • Picked up by the Houston Astros in the Rule 5 draft of December 2012, then placed on waivers in March 2013
  • Picked up off waivers by Oakland Athletics in March 2013
  • Named A.L. Rookie of the Month for May 2013 after hitting .351 with one HR, three doubles, and nine RBIs
  • Hit walk-off single in the 18th inning to defeat the Yankees and ace reliever Mariano Rivera; see video (6/14/2013)
  • Went 4-for-4 with a HR, double, and four RBIs in a 5-0 win over the Astros; see highlight video (8/16/2013)
  • Hit .294 after the All-Star break to finish the season with a .274 average
  • Abdominal injury kept him off the A’s 2013 playoff roster

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