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james free #28

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B/T: r/r
6' 2" / 225
Age: 23
HOMETOWN: stockton, CA
signed: 2019, Non drafted free agent
FUN FACTS
Favorite Baseball Player:
Buster Posey
Favorite TV Show:
Game of Thrones
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Cartoon:
Spongebob
Biggest Fear:
Heights
Pre-Game Ritual:
Visualization and Breathing
First Job:
Valet Attendant

James’ bio

Signed with the Reds as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 draft after a successful three-year career at the University of the Pacific. Had been projected by Baseball America as a player who would be taken in the first 10 rounds...Had a huge freshman season at Pacific in 2017 when he posted an OPS of over 1.000 while leading the conference in both home runs (14) and RBI (54) and batting .343 in 52 games. Those numbers earned him NCAA Freshman All-American honors. He fell off as a sophomore in 2018 to .283 with seven home runs but bounced back in 2019. As a junior in 2019, hit .335 with eight home runs in 49 games with a .541 slugging percentage...After signing with the Reds, Free was assigned to Billings. As late as August 17, 2019, Free was batting .312 and had compiled a .624 slugging percentage. He had seven home runs in 93 at-bats. But over his final 16 games, he went 9 for 62 (.145) to finish at .245. His final slugging percentage of .452 was the best on the team among players with at least 100 plate appearances. Blasted a home run in Billings’ three-game playoff series. Free started all three playoff games and hit third in the Billings lineup, playing first base or designated hitter...Native of Walnut, California, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. He played at Damien High School and was a teammate for all four seasons with Nick Lodolo, the 2019 Dragons pitcher who was the Reds #1 draft pick last summer. Former Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire and the late former Reds pitcher Frank Pastore are also products of Damien High School. Free was a high school star and in 2015, he was selected to play in the WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Florida, earning All-Tournament Team honors. Among his teammates was 2019 Dragons starting pitcher Lyon Richardson, who was also a high school star at the time from Florida.
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