2005 Wellesley High Graduate, and before that Wellesley Little League player, Nate Freiman cracked the Major Leagues in March 2013 as a right-handed first baseman for the Oakland A’s. He made his debut on April 3, 2013, and had a hit in his first at-bat, going 2 for 3 in the game with a RBI and nice catch. According to this list of Oakland Athletics salaries, Freiman is making the paltry major league minimum: $490K a year.
We helped arrange for a crew of Wellesley Little League players and parents to interview Freiman upon his first time playing at Fenway, and here’s what they came up with.
It’s been a long, twisting road to the majors for the 6-foot 8-inch Freiman, who starred at Duke University as a first baseman after hurting his arm and switching from pitching, which he as known for in high school. The Texas Rangers drafted Freiman in 2008 when he was a junior at Duke, but he did not sign with the Rangers and stayed in school.
The San Diego Padres drafted him the next year and he did head into their system after graduating from Duke as the school’s all-time home run leader and top batting average hitter.
Freiman spent the next 4 years in the minor leagues with teams such as the Fort Wayne Tincaps and San Antonio Missions, especially grabbing attention during 2012 with a powerful season for the Double AA Missions and a 4-homer performance for Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
Freiman’s story has also gained national interest because he married Amanda Blumenherst, a professional golfer he met while they attended Duke.
Freiman as an 8-year-old player:
Yes, Nate Freiman is very, very tall:
Nate doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August, 2014:
2012 Nate Freiman baseball cards (Bowman)
MORE ON FREIMAN
Wellesley’s Nate Freiman returns to Fenway (Boston Globe, April 2013)
Curious case of Nate Freiman (Yahoo! Sports)