The $150 K bonus that the Pittsburgh Pirates gave to Wes Freeman in the 2008 draft wasn't as big as some of the other bonuses they gave out, such as the $1 M they gave to Robbie Grossman, or the $900 K they gave to Quinton Miller. However, the bonus was pretty big for a 16th round draft pick. At the time, Freeman was considered very raw, but was touted for his strong frame, and his power potential.
Three years later and not much has changed with Freeman. He's still very raw, with a career .187/.249/.284 line in 401 at-bats. The most alarming thing has been his strikeout rates, with 164 strikeouts in those 401 at-bats, for a strikeout rate of 40.9%. That number has gotten better this year, although he still is striking out in a third of his at-bats, which isn't good.
Despite the struggles, Freeman still has a lot of upside. He is athletic, with a strong arm in the outfield, and a little bit of speed for a guy that is 6' 4"...
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