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7/8/1987 (29 y, 7 m, 18 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 25, Overall: 25, Team: Colorado Rockies
$1.8M / 1 Years (2017)
Friedrich, who is competing for a spot in the starting rotation, could be used in the bullpen if he doesn't make it as a starter, AJ Casavell of MLB.com reports. (2/21/2017)
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Christian Friedrich was drafted by the Rockies in the first round of the 2008 draft, and was supposed to be a polished college lefty. However, he struggled in Double-A in 2010 and 2011. In 2012,however, after losing a lot of weight, he actually seemed to have made good on being "in the best shape of his life," starting strong at Triple-A and his first couple of starts in the majors. Things fell apart after that, however, and he ended the season with an ERA over six. He actually had a decent strikeout rate, and his walk rate, while not good, was not horrible. As with so many other Rockies before him, his batting average on balls in play (.342) did him in, although his FIP (4.63) was not even average, even after adjusting for his home park. Friedrich has some potential, and his repertoire seems to work equally well against both right- and left-handed hitters. At the moment, he does not look in line for a rotation spot going into 2013, and even if he did, he is not worth a draft pick in most leagues, even if your league makes park adjustments. Even in long-term keeper leagues, he is a long shot at best. (Matt Klaassen)
The Quick Opinion:
Christian Friedrich finally showed some flashes in 2012 after being a generally disappointing 2008 first-round pick, but things came apart pretty quickly. Even if he gets a rotation spot for the Rockies to start 2013, he does not warrant attention outside of the deepest of NL-only leagues on Draft Day.
There is no greater indictment of a pitcher's future than being bypassed on the Colorado Rockies' depth chart. Christian Friedrich was once a top prospect in the Rox' system but now finds himself on the outside looking in at a job as a long man. He was actually quite good out of the Rockies pen in 2014, striking out 13 batters in just 11 innings. But with Rex Brothers and Boone Logan ahead of him on the lefty reliever depth chart, it is tough see too many high leverage chances coming his way. It's likely only Lefty One Out GuY duty for him in the future, but Friedrich throws hard enough and he can make his fastball/slider mix very tough on left-handed batters. (Drew Fairservice)
The Quick Opinion:
No longer a starter, Christian Friedrich might provide some decent bullpen depth as a hard-throwing LOOGY.
There was a time -- actually, there were two times -- when Christian Friedrich was a top-100 prospect. In 2010, Baseball America ranked him the 33rd-best prospect in the game. He seemed like he would become the next good Rockies homegrown pitcher. Alas, it wasn't to be. In 19 major league starts, Friedrich allowed 80 runs in 98 innings, which is not really what you want to be doing. He did strike out 88 batters in that time though, and he is also left-handed, so the Rockies decided that they would try to salvage his career in relief. So far, this has proven a wise decision. Friedrich hasn't been the best reliever in the world, but he has been effective against lefties. It's far too small of a sample (29.1 innings pitched against lefties last year) to know if this is the sort of thing that will become permanent, but after his disastrous 2012 debut and subsequent banishment to the minors for all of 2013, it looked like Friedrich's major league life had come to an end. That he has been able to reinvent himself as an average reliever has been noteworthy, and if he has a bit better luck on batted balls in play, he might just end up as better than average this season. The Rockies bullpen is chuck full of similarly interesting and/or veteran arms, so Friedrich will likely mean nothing to your fantasy baseball team, but it's nice to see a guy succeed even a little after such crushing humiliation. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Christian Friedrich will never be what many thought he would be, but he is still hanging around the majors, and that's not too shabby. You won't need him on your fantasy team though.
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Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:34 AM ET
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