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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Nate Freiman and Austin Wates Will Have Something to Talk About in Kissimmee

The information provided by a tweet from @GregRajan during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft should provide a convenient ice breaker during Spring Training for Nate Freiman and Austin Wates. Freiman, who the Astros drafted in the second round of the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, was the batter robbed on May 5, 2012 at Whataburger Field when Austin Wates made the highlight reel catch pictured above.

In the bullpen, the Hooks pitcher celebrating the catch behind Wates in the video is Josh Zeid. Zeid and Freiman were teammates on Team Israel in the WBC qualifier earlier this off-season.

During 2011-12, 11 of Freiman's 46 home runs came against Astros' affiliates.

2011 vs. Lancaster-six home runs off of:
Kirk Clark
Colton Pitkin
Michael Ness
Robert Donovan
Jake Buchanan
Drew Robinson

2012 vs. Corpus Christi- five home runs off of:
Erick Abreu(twice-Abreu was also on the mound when Wates made his catch)
Jake Buchanan
Jose Cisnero
Alex Sogard

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