Padres Prospect Interview: David Freese

David Freese has done nothing but hit since joining the San Diego Padres system. Lost in the equation, however, is the solid defense he has displayed from the hot corner, particularly on the thin grass of the California League.

Freese has committed just nine errors over 100 games and he leads the California League in fielding percentage among third baseman.

He can still rake too.

After a banner rookie year as a professional, Freese has continued to hit. He has a .309 average with an on base percentage over .400. Forty-three of his hits have gone for extra bases and he has scored 85 runs while driving in 75.

The slugger has a .381 average with runners in scoring position – and he has changed his swing along the way.

What was the goal coming into this year and how do you think you are doing in achieving it?

David Freese: Just trying to stay patient. Max has us working counts and some days we are hitting and not pitching and other days we are pitching and not hitting. We are just trying to find the groove.

Is there a time during your pitch selection that you find yourself being too patient?

David Freese: At times. I think early on I was. It is the fine line. You have to figure out what you are supposed to do and what pitch you can do it with. It is a learning process for spring training and hopefully by April we are ready to go.

You went through a small swing change, standing taller in the box. Was that a positive move and what were you trying to gain?

David Freese: Definitely. What we are trying to do is get better for the big leagues. I think standing taller will help me as far as getting more leverage and developing more power. Seeing the ball is a lot easier so hopefully it will help me.

You had an incredible amount of success last year. Based on that is it tough to change and agree to what you are being taught?

David Freese: You just have to try everything out. All these guys here know what they are talking about. They have been through the ropes. You are usually going to see the negative side before you see the positive side. If you stick with it it usually works out.

There were some people who knocked your third base skills and you proved to be a solid defensive player last year. What are you working on this season?

David Freese: Getting better all-around at playing third base is what I want to do in the big leagues. I have to keep proving to myself and everyone else that I can do it.

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