BURLINGTON, VT --- 2010 Vermont catcher David Freitas made his Major League debut today with the Atlanta Braves, making him the 99th former Lake Monsters player all-time to reach the Major Leagues in the franchise's 24-year New York-Penn League history.
The 2010 recipient of the Lake Monsters Tom Racine MVP award, Freitas hit .307 (67-for-218) with 32 runs, 19 doubles, four homers and 40 RBI in 62 games for Vermont. The 19 doubles are tied for third-most in team history, while Freitas holds a Vermont record with a 21-game hitting streak June 27-July 24, 2010 (went 33-for-80, .413, during the streak).
Originally a 2010 15th-round pick out of the University of Hawaii for the Washington Nationals, Freitas played in the Washington system until August 2012 when he was traded to the Oakland A's for Kurt Suzuki. He split the 2013 between Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento in the A's Minor League system before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles in December 2013.
Since the start of the 2014 season, Freitas has played in both Double-A with the Orioles, Cubs and Braves systems. This year at Triple-A Gwinnett, he was hitting .263 (62-for-236) with 28 runs, 13 doubles, three homers and 21 RBI in 72 games. During his eight-year professional career, Freitas hit .272 (632-for-2321) with 320 runs, 157 doubles, 57 homers and 336 RBI in 672 Minor League career games.
Video: Freitas goes yard for G-Braves
Freitas is the seventh member of the 2010 Lake Monsters to reach the Majors. Of the 99 former Vermont players all-time to reach the Major Leagues, he is the 10th to make his MLB debut in 2017 and the 36th different player on a Major League roster this season.
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Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
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