Christian Friedrich (baseball)

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Christian Friedrich
2012 06 19 046 Rockies Christian Friedrich 2.jpg
Friedrich on June 19, 2012
Colorado Rockies – No. 53
Pitcher
Born: (1987-07-08) July 8, 1987 (age 27)
Evanston, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 9, 2012 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win-loss record 5-8
Earned run average 6.17
Strikeouts 74
Teams

Christian Louis Friedrich (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career[edit]

Friedrich attended Eastern Kentucky University, where he played for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels baseball team. He was named a Baseball America Freshman All-American in 2006.[1] He was also named a second-team All-American in 2008.[2]

Friedrich was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round (25th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.[3] Baseball America ranked Friedrich as the #95 best prospect in baseball prior to the 2009 season[4] and the 33rd best prior to the 2010 season.[5]

The Rockies added Friedrich to their 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[6] He was called up on May 7, 2012 to make his major league debut against the San Diego Padres on May 9, 2012. [7]

On August 3, it was announced that an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back, ending his season. Friedrich was 5-8 with a 6.17 ERA in 16 starts with 74 strikeouts in 84.2 innings.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hankins earns Baseball America Freshman All-America honors » Clarksville, TN Online". Clarksvilleonline.com. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  2. ^ "EKU's Friedrich named 2nd-team All-American". Wkyt.com. 2008-05-29. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Rockies select LHP Christian Friedrich in first round of 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft | ColoradoRockies.com: Official Info" (Press release). Mlb.mlb.com. 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: Top 100 Prospects: No. 81-100". BaseballAmerica.com. 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Prospects: Rankings: Top 100 Prospects: Top 100 Prospects: No. 21-40". BaseballAmerica.com. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ 11/18/2011 5:34 PM EST (2011-11-18). "Rockies add two to 40-man roster, outright Brown | ColoradoRockies.com: News" (Press release). Colorado.rockies.mlb.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ Renck, Troy E. (2012-05-07). "Rockies will add Alex White, Christian Friedrich to pitching rotation". Denver Post. 
  8. ^ Renck, Troy E. (August 3, 2012). "Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich done for season". Denver Post. 

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