ATLANTA -- When Freddie Freeman got off to a slow start for Triple-A Gwinnett, his good friend Jason Heyward said it would only be a matter of time before the highly regarded first-base prospect got his bat going.
Heyward's prediction seems to be proving true. Freeman halted his early-season funk with a two-hit game Wednesday night, then erupted with a pair of homers in a four-hit performance against Norfolk on Thursday afternoon.
With six hits in his past eight at-bats, Freeman has improved his batting average from .176 to .254 (15-for-59). His power display Thursday tripled the homer total that he had compiled during the first 14 games of the season.
Freeman, who is targeted to serve as Atlanta's first baseman by the start of the 2011 season, played just 41 injury-plagued games after being promoted to Double-A Mississippi last year. But the Braves were impressed enough during Spring Training to assign the 20-year-old first baseman to begin the year at the Triple-A level.