Freddy Carol Sandoval Herrera
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- School University of San Diego
- High School Marian Catholic High School (San Diego)
- Debut September 8, 2008
- Final Game October 4, 2009
- Born August 16, 1982 in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico
Sandoval hit .265/.341/.365 for the University of San Diego in 2002. In 2003, he batted .319/.387/.556. The next year, his line was .323/.390/.522 at the plate and his 59 RBI led the West Coast Conference.
Sandoval was picked in the 8th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Anaheim Angels. He made his pro debut in 2005 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Already 22 years old, he hit .281/.360/.407 with 34 doubles and 17 steals but was thrown out stealing 12 times. He led Midwest League third basemen with a .947 fielding percentage. He was third in the MWL in two-baggers, 11 behind leader Jeff Frazier.
Freddy had an uninspiring 2006 for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in a hitter heaven, batting .258/.343/.366 though he did steal 30 bases in 38 tries.
The Mexico native made big strides in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers. His batting line improved to .305/.392/.468 and he had 84 runs, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 72 walks and 21 stolen bases (in 32 tries). He led Texas League third basemen in putouts (96), errors (20) and double plays (28). He was third in the TL in average behind Chase Headley and Christian Colonel. He tied Sean Rodriguez for third in the league in runs and was 5th in OBP. Headley beat him out for All-Star honors at third base but Sandoval made the All-Star team as a utility man. In the 2007 Futures Game, Sandoval started at third for the World team, hitting 9th. The San Diego alumnus struck out against Chuck Lofgren to end the 2nd inning, stranding Robinzon Diaz. In the 4th, Sandoval hit into a force play, grounding to Chris Coghlan. Alcides Escobar replaced him at third.
Sandoval opened 2008 in AAA and hit an outstanding .335/.389/.514 with 45 doubles and 15 homers in 131 games for the Salt Lake City Bees. He led the PCL in doubles, was 5th in runs (92) and 18th in average.
Major league debut
He was called up to the Angels at the end of the Pacific Coast League season and made his debut on September 8, 2008 as a pinch hitter for Garret Anderson with a 11-1 lead in the 8th against the New York Yankees. He hit a deep fly to RF Bobby Abreu while facing Chris Britton. He was 1 for 6 with a walk for the 2008 Angels.
World Baseball Classic
Sandoval played for Mexico in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, sharing second base duties with Edgar Gonzalez. Freddy was 5 for 14 with 2 walks, 3 runs, a double and a homer. He tied a game with Cuba in the third with a solo homer off Luis Miguel Rodríguez but Cuba went on to win 16-4.