Freitas with the San Antonio Missions in 2019
|Milwaukee Brewers – No. 20|
|Born: March 18, 1989|
|August 30, 2017, for the Atlanta Braves|
|MLB statistics |
(through March 28, 2019)
|Runs batted in||8|
David Freitas (born March 18, 1989) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Freitas has previously played for the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners.
Freitas was born in Wilton, California. He attended Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove, California, and then Cosumnes River College, where he played college baseball for two years, earning All-American honors. He then transferred to the University of Hawaii, where he continued his college baseball career with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
The Washington Nationals selected Freitas in the 15th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. Playing for the Hagerstown Suns of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2011, he started in the all-star game. He began the 2012 season with the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.
On August 3, 2012, the Nationals traded Freitas to the Athletics for Kurt Suzuki. He split the 2013 season between the Midland RockHounds of the Class AA Texas League and the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL).
The Athletics traded Freitas to the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2013, as the player to be named later in trade that also sent Jemile Weeks to the Orioles for Jim Johnson. With the Orioles' organization, Freitas played for the Bowie Baysox of the Class AA Eastern League and Norfolk Tides of the Class AAA International League.
After the 2015 season, the Cubs selected Freitas in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft. Freitas began the 2016 season with the Tennessee Smokies of the Class AA Southern League. He was later promoted to the Iowa Cubs of the PCL.
In November 2016, Freitas signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves. He played for the Gwinnett Braves of the International League. The Braves promoted Freitas to the major leagues on August 30, 2017, and he made his major league debut in the second game of a double header against the Philadelphia Phillies that same day. Freitas got his first major league hit, a double in his second at-bat
Freitas grew up a fan of the Athletics. David married his college sweetheart Kacee Freitas in 2013. They have a son named Owen who was born in 2015.
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