Rockies Top 5 Prospects: Number 4 Christian Friedrich

4. Christian Friedrich, LHP:

 

Friedrich went undrafted out of high school in 2005, but after three years at Eastern Kentucky University, developed into the 25th overall pick in
IMG_9577 - 2010-04-08 at 18-34-56.jpgthe 2008 Major League Baseball amateur player draft.

 

Starting 18 games in 2010, all for Double-A Tulsa, Friedrich struggled throughout the first half of the year, beginning 0-5 with an earned run average of 5.59. He was able to turn his season around after the All-Star break and notched a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 3.99 over his last 7 starts. Christian does have a bright future with the Rockies but his durability is a constant question as he has missed at least a month in each of his first two seasons with the organization due to various elbow injuries.

 

Friedrich does have the ability to be a front-line starter with the Rockies in the near future if he continues to develop his curveball and other secondary pitches. Baseball America rated Friedrich as the number 4 prospect in the Rockies system and as also having the best curveball within the organization. Assuming that he stays healthy in 2011, Friedrich will more than likely begin the season with the Tulsa Drillers. Many scouts believe they would not be surprised to see Friedrich pitching at Coors Field at some point during the 2011 season.

 

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