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 July 3, 2015)
Win–loss record 5–13
Earned run average 5.75
Strikeouts 131
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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