foreign batter who wore a catcher’s mask in Kiwoom goes to LAD… minor contract

David Freitas, who played for Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO League, is heading to LA.

‘MLB Trade Rumors’ reported on the 10th (Korean time), “According to Freitas’ transaction history, he signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will join as an invited player to spring camp.” 메이저놀이터

Freitas first stepped on the big league stage in 2017, but did not play very well. He recorded a batting average of 0.200, 1 home run, 8 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.556 over three seasons.

He didn’t make it to the big leagues in 2020, wearing a Milwaukee Brewers uniform, but he surprisingly made it to the postseason. However, he withdrew with one at-bat digestion and strikeout.

In the 2021 season, I turned my eyes to Korea, signed a contract with Kiwoom, and experienced the KBO league. He played 43 games, batting average of 0.259, 2 home runs and 14 RBIs, and was replaced in the middle. Kiwoom later recruited Will Craig as a substitute.

Freitas signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees last year, and was released last July after batting just 0.239 and two home runs in Triple-A. And the Dodgers reached out to him.

The Dodgers are holding on solidly with Will Smith and Austin Barnes, but Diego Cartayaman is registered as a backup catcher on the 40-man roster. Cartaya is a promising prospect, but has not yet reached Double-A.

As a result, it seems that he was recruited in preparation for a vacancy due to injury. ‘MLB Trade Rumors’ predicted that if his bat reaches the major league level, he may be able to stay in the major leagues.”

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