Free Ranked Among Nation's Top Catchers

James Free II - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography
James Free II - Photo by Meghan Laurel Photography

STOCKTON, Calif. - Sophomore catcher James Free II has been ranked as a top five catcher in D1Baseball.com's annual Position Power Rankings.

The Walnut, Calif. native had a standout rookie season carrying a .343 batting with a .407 on base percentage and a .652 slugging percentage. Free also knocked in 54 mixing in 14 homers. Defensively, Free spent 44 games behind the dish collecting 219 putouts and 29 assists.

Amongst all West Coast Conference catchers, Free was top of the charts in home runs, extra base hits (28), total bases (118), slugging percentage, RBI, batting average, and OPS. Free was the WCC freshman leader in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, homers, RBI, doubles and total bases.

Free was also named to Perfect Game USA's Preseason All-America Team on January 10 and the WCC's Preseason all-conference team on February 7.

Other catchers to make the Top Five list were Shea Langeliers (Baylor), Joey Bart (Georgia Tech), Grant Koch (Arkansas), and Chris Williams (Clemson).

After his freshman season, Free was named to three Freshman All-America teams (Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball News, and Perfect Game USA) and was named to the All-West Coast Conference Second Team as well as the All-Freshman Team.

The Tigers open their season with a trip to Seattle for their first four games of the season starting on Friday, Feb. 16. Fans can follow the game via free live stream courtesy of the WAC Digital Network. Live stats will also be available via PacificTigers.com

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