Ranking the National League’s Top 5 First Basemen

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5. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

May 19, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman (5) prepares for an at bat against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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He missed nearly 50 games last season, but Freeman still put together a nice 2015 campaign. In 481 plate appearances, he managed 18 home runs to go with 66 RBI. Those certainly aren’t the numbers the lefty has grown accustomed to, but with better health, he should return to normal in 2016.

What’s hard to believe is that Freeman has yet to reach his potential. His 2013 season certainly was a breakout year as he clubbed 23 long balls and drove in 109 runs while batting .319, but he hasn’t been able to sustain those kind of numbers.

Without much help in the Braves’ lineup, it might be tough for Freeman to duplicate those numbers anytime soon, but his offense-defense combination still puts him at the bottom of the top five at his position.