Freeman looking to improve All-Star credentials

Freeman looking to improve All-Star credentials

ATLANTA -- Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman can enhance his bid to gain a third All-Star selection by spending the month of June proving to be much more consistently productive than he has during this season's first two months.

Though the Braves did not have a player listed among the leaders at any position when the National League's first All-Star ballot voting update was released Wednesday, Freeman stands as Atlanta's most likely player to draw more attention from voters over the next month.

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Freeman entered Wednesday hitting .251 with eight home runs and a .757 OPS. After recording just two hits in the season's first 25 at-bats, the 26-year-old first baseman batted .348 with five home runs and a 1.004 OPS over his next 23 games. But the promise created during that span has evaporated as he has hit .195 with a .552 OPS over his past 19 games.

Freeman's bid to gain a third consecutive All-Star selection last year was derailed by a wrist injury that sidelined him in June and bothered him over the remainder of the season.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.