Became a Cardinal
Acquired from the San Diego Padres for centerfielder Jim Edmonds in December 2007.
After missing considerable regular-season time due to a broken hand, he became the MVP of both the NLCS and World Series. Set all-time MLB post-season marks in RBI with 21, extra-base hits with 14 and total bases with 50 and tied for the most post-season doubles ever with eight and hits with 25.
Earned Opening Day starting job at third base, playing in 70 games before a right
ankle injury sidelined him for the rest of the season on 6/27. Still ranked T7th on team in RBI, and 10th in hits (71) and runs (28). Ranked 6th among National League rookies with a .296 batting average and 3rd in on base percentage (.361).
Initial favorite to win MLB third base job and made opening day roster, but lingering ankle injury and surgery ruined chances. Still posted .894 OPS in 56 games with Triple-A Memphis and is ready to try again in 2010.
A contender for the PCL Rookie of the Year Award, Freese hit .306 with 26 HRs and 91 RBIs for the Memphis Redbirds. He got really hot in the second half of the season, hitting .360 with 10 home runs in the final 43 games of the season. He finished the season with a line of .306/.361/.550 (BA/OBP/SLG). Freese played and worked on his skills at third base in the Venezuelan League in winter ball.
David hit .302/.400/.489 with 17 home runs at the San Diego Padres' High-A affiliate, Lake Elsinore where he spent the entire season. He led the team with 128 games played, 152 hits and 69 walks.
Freese ranked 3rd in the California League with 104 runs scored and 69 walks. His 246 total bases were 5th-most in the league.
David was a mid-season and post-season All-Star. Went 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and two RBI as starting third baseman in
the All-Star Game. He topped all qualifying third baseman in the California League with a .958 fielding percentage and led the league with 310 total chances and 238 assists.
Freese was selected in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of South Alabama after a successful season. Freese led the Jaguars with a .414 batting average, 73 runs batted in, 12 home runs and 99 hits. He was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, a first-team American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA All-American and a second-team Collegiate Baseball All-American.
Lettered in baseball all four years at Lafayette High in Wildwood, MO before being a teammate of P.J. Walters at South Alabama.
St. Louis Cardinals MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award: 2012
National League All-Star: 2012
National League Championship Series and World Series Most Valuable Player: 2011
National League Player of the Week: 5/2/10
TCN/Scout.com Cardinals Top Prospect 2010: #4
Scout.com Cardinals Top Prospect 2009: #6
Scout.com Cardinals MiLB Player of the Year 2008
Scout.com Memphis Player of the Year 2008