Back on June 27th, Vermont Lake Monsters catcher David Freitas went 2-4 in a 7-3 victory over the Connecticut Tigers. Since that game he has compiled a record-setting hit streak, the likes of which haven't been seen in these parts since Jacoby Ellsbury hit in 25 straight for the PawSox back in 2007.
The Washington Nationals 15th round pick out of the University of Hawai'i, is showing his worth and has even gone above and beyond where his collegiate career ended. Freitas batted .292 with 10 home runs, 9 doubles, 43 runs and 49 RBI in helping the Rainbows win the WAC Championship and a place in the Regionals of the College World Series.
In 28 games with Vermont this season he is batting .380 with 2 home runs, 11 doubles, 17 runs and 19 RBI. He has also hit safely in 24 of those 28 games. Freitas has gone 34-80 with a .425 average amid the streak.
Even when Vermont has hit a rough patch, Freitas has continued his hot ways at the plate. During the streak, the Lake Monsters have a 17-11 record. The previous franchise hit record was 18 straight games set by Geoff Blum in 1994 and Jason Tuttle in 2003. A single in the first inning against the Lowell Spinners on July 23rd set the new high-water mark.
Freitas has the longest hit streak in the New York Penn League this season and the longest league streak since the Lowell Spinners Luis Soto had a 20-gamer during the 2005 season. The longest hitting streak in the minors this season was by Harold Garcia of the Clearwater Threshers who set a Florida State League record when he hit in 37 straight games which also tied him for 20th longest streak in Minor League Baseball history.