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Christian Friedrich

LHP | PadresSD
Christian Friedrich
Name: Christian Louis Patrick Friedrich
Born: Jul 8, 1987 in Evanston, Ill. USA
High School: Loyola Academy, Wilmette, Ill.
College: Eastern Kentucky
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 222 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
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Drafted in the 1st round (25th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in 2008 (signed for $1,350,000)
Part of a prospect-studded Falmouth rotation that also included Aaron Crow and Shooter Hunt last summer, Friedrich struck out Buster Posey, Jason Castro and Gordon Beckham in his final inning in the Cape Cod League playoffs. Like Crow, Friedrich operated in the mid-80s as an undrafted high school senior in the Chicago area before blossoming in college. He now maintains solid-average 89-91 mph velocity throughout a game and can touch 94, but his money pitch is an over-the-top curveball with huge 12-to-6 break. Blisters have periodically bothered Friedrich this spring, so he has been using his slider more than he has in the past, and it has become a weapon at 80-82 mph. He also has a decent changeup that he'll need to incorporate more often in pro ball. While Friedrich throws strikes and can command his fastball to both sides of the plate, he sometimes leaves it up in the zone. He gets away with a lot of those mistakes because his deceptive delivery and the fear of his curveball allow his fastball to get on hitters quickly. He doesn't have the ceiling of San Diego's Brian Matusz, but Friedrich is clearly the second-best lefty available in the draft.
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