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David Freitas is a minor league catcher.

Freitas was an All-American catcher in junior college at Cosumnes River College. Transferring to the University of Hawaii, he hit .292/.389/.472 with 10 homers and 49 RBI in 60 games in 2010. He led the Western Athletic Conference with eight sacrifice hits. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Freitas made his professional debut in 2010 with the Vermont Lake Monsters, hitting an excellent .307/.408/.450 in 62 games, hitting 19 doubles and 4 homers. He tied for third in the New York-Penn League in doubles and was in the top 5 in OBP. He tied for 10th with 40 RBI. He moved to the Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League in 2011, where he hit .288/.409/.450 in 123 games. His outstanding batting eye was on display again, with 82 walks, on top of his 30 doubles, 13 homers and 73 RBI. He led the SAL in walks and catcher fielding percentage (.996) and was second in OBP. Evan Gattis beat him out as the league's All-Star catcher.

2012 saw him with the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League, where he played 78 games, during which he hit .271/.374/.407. On August 3rd, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in return for their major league starter, Kurt Suzuki. He then hit .333/.392/.524 in 20 games for the Midland RockHounds. He started the 2013 season back with Midland, where he hit only .214 in 61 games, with 9 homers and 21 RBIs. He also got his first shot at AAA that season, playing 29 games with the Sacramento RiverCats of the Pacific Coast League, where he hit .268. Between the two stops, his batting line was .231/.306/.368 in 90 games, with 14 doubles, 10 homers and 30 RBIs.

On December 12, 2013, after the completion of the 2013 Rule V Draft, he was sent to the Baltimore Orioles as the player to be named later with 2B Jemile Weeks in return for closer Jim Johnson.

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