One of the big stories in the minors the last few weeks has been the hot streak by outfield prospect Wes Freeman. In his last 12 games, Freeman has been on fire, with a .362/.400/.745 line in 47 at-bats. He's recorded a hit in ten of those 12 games, and has hit five home runs during this stretch. Perhaps the most impressive stat is that his strikeout rate has dropped to 23.4% in this time period. Prior to this hot streak, Freeman was hitting for a .169/.197/.237 line, with an atrocious 35.6% strikeout rate.
Freeman was drafted in the 16th round of the 2008 draft out of high school. He signed for $150 K, which isn't a huge amount, but which is considered significant for a 16th round pick. He was touted for his power, which was raw, but had the ability to be plus power. Overall, Freeman was considered a very raw prospect, in sort of a high risk/high reward type fashion.
We saw how raw Freeman was in his first few years in t...
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