They say that first impressions are important. Sal Frelick just made possibly the greatest first impression of all time with his MLB Debut on Saturday night for the Milwaukee Brewers.
There was a lot of hype surrounding the 17th overall prospect in baseball. He was a first round pick in 2021, moved through the system quickly and the hype followed. Frelick suffered a thumb injury in April and it's taken him over a month since returning to game action to start looking like himself again at the plate. Once he did, the Brewers called him up.
The Brewers have been desperate for production out of the right field spot all season. They have the worst production in all of baseball from that position this year. Sal Frelick is about to change that.
Sal Frelick just had one of the most impressive MLB debuts we've ever seen, coming up with big hits and great defensive plays.
It started with his first at-bat. Sal Frelick did what he does best, he gets on base. He made contact and used his speed to get his first big league hit in his first at-bat.
But he didn't stop there. He singled again in his next at-bat, keeping his batting average at a pristine 1.000 through two ABs.
Then in the 6th, Frelick showed that he's not just a one trick pony with his offense. He can also bring some excellent defense. He robbed the Braves of not one, but two extra base hits, potentially even a home run in the 6th inning.
Two web gems in the same inning! Frelick is naturally a centerfielder but he's playing right field in deference to Blake Perkins at least for this game. While right field won't be his long term home, if he keeps making plays like that, it just might be.
Despite making two huge plays to keep the Braves at bay, Frelick wasn't done making an impact on this game.
He decided to follow up those plays with a game tying RBI single in the bottom of the 6th inning. With runners on first and second, he drove a single to the opposite field to make it a 3-3 game and put the Brewers back in control.
That allowed Counsell to go with his "A" bullpen of Peguero and Payamps to lead into Devin Williams. But before we got to Devin Williams, the Brewers would need the lead. Sal Frelick would deliver that as well.
With runners at the corners and just one out in the 8th, Sal Frelick was able to rise to the occasion once again, delivering a sacrifice fly to give the Brewers a 4-3 lead.
Sal Frelick is just the third player in franchise history to have three hits in his MLB debut and he's the first one of those three to also have two RBIs. It's also quite likely that Frelick was the only one of those players to have two incredible web gems to go along with those three hits in his debut.
Frelick played a massive part in the Brewers winning this crucial game against a very good Braves team. While Adrian Houser pitched well and the bullpen was lights out once again, Frelick provided the spark on offense and on defense. His impact on this game cannot be overstated.
Frelick has announced his presence with authority, and he's going to be sticking around in Milwaukee for quite a while if he keeps playing like this.