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Freddie Freeman Out At Least 10 Weeks I Nationals Looking In-House For A Closer?

Michael Waterloo Staff Writer May 18, 2017 7:27PM EDT
Poor Braves. They had a beautiful new stadium, and Freddie Freeman was having a season for the ages as the face of the franchise. That season for the ages took a hit – literally – on Wednesday, as Freeman was diagnosed with a broken forearm that will result in him missing at least eight weeks of action.

Freeman has always had the hit tool, but he had the power to go along with it this year and last, making him look like a first-round lock for 2018 drafts. What’s more impressive is that he hasn’t sacrificed patience at the plate or average for the power. Freeman lowered his O-Swing% to 27.7 percent from 32.4 percent last year, and he also lowered his K% from 24.7 to 18.8 percent from a year ago while raising his BB% to 16.4 percent this year. My favorite Freeman stat, though, was that he hasn’t hit an infield fly ball yet this year, making him one of 14 qualified hitters with a 0.0 percent IFFB%.

Who will the Braves - and Fantasy owners - turn to to replace Freddie Freeman? (Photo by Jimmy Simmons/Icon Sportswire)

Who will the Braves – and Fantasy owners – turn to to replace Freddie Freeman? Photo by Jimmy Simmons/Icon Sportswire

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