Gwinnett Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was named the International League’s Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Freeman, who leads the League with 147 hits and 240 total bases, is second in the IL in average (.319), RBIs (87), doubles (35), and extra-base hits (55).
He also leads all first baseman with a .994 fielding percentage. Freeman was hitting below .250 as late as June 11, but has been one of the League’s toughest outs since.
He has continued to improve this August, hitting .394 for the month with 24 RBI and a .606 slugging percentage. The last Braves player to win IL Rookie of the Year honors was Chipper Jones in 1993.