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Christian Friedrich | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/8/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Eastern Kentucky
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (25) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Christian Friedrich allowed four runs over five innings in a win over the Reds on Thursday.
The Reds put together a four-run third inning, but Friedrich was able to keep them off the scoreboard otherwise. The southpaw gave up six hits and walked four while striking out just two in the start. Friedrich, a former Rockies first-rounder, has a 3.60 ERA and 1.56 WHIP through eight starts this year, and he's now 4-2 overall. He will have a tough assignment Wednesday when the Orioles are in town for an interleague contest. Jun 23 - 11:24 PM

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Christian Friedrich yielded just one unearned run over six innings Sunday in the Padres' loss to the Rockies.

Friedrich gave up only two hits and three walks while striking out nine, but the San Diego offense could only back him with one run. The right-hander has pitched impressively since his mid-May promotion to the major leagues, boasting a 2.12 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 34 innings. Though he has issued 19 walks and holds an unsightly 1.44 WHIP.
Jun 12 - 7:05 PM

Christian Friedrich pitched two-run ball for 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Braves on Monday.

A quality start against the Braves doesn't mean a whole lot, but Friedrich has been a nice surprise since getting the call, going 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA in five starts. We're still not expecting it to last, though it'd certainly look bad for both the Rockies and the Angels (the two teams that let him go this spring) if it did.
Jun 7 - 2:28 AM

Christian Friedrich allowed four runs -- three earned -- over five innings Wednesday in a win over the Mariners.

Friedrich gave up three of those four runs in the top of the first inning, but he was saved by a six-inning outburst from the San Diego offense in the bottom half of that opening frame. Friedrich walked four and surrendered nine hits in a mostly messy performance at Petco Park. He still has a nice-looking 2.53 ERA, but we wouldn't trust him in a standard mixed fantasy league.
Jun 2 - 1:32 AM

Christian Friedrich blanked the Diamondbacks for seven innings on Friday to win as a starter for the first time since July 2012.

Friedrich made 16 starts for the Rockies as a rookie in 2012 and three more in 2014 (he missed all of 2013) before shifting to the pen. The Padres picked him off the scrap heap over the winter and decided to try him again as a starter. Lo and behold, it's worked, with the left-hander amassing a 1.65 ERA in his first three starts. We still don't trust him for fantasy purposes. For one thing, he's walked 10 in 16 1/3 innings.
May 28 - 1:31 AM

Christian Friedrich lasted 3 1/3 innings and allowed two runs in his start Friday against the Dodgers.

Friedrich is much more likely to help the Padres as a reliever than as a starter, but the team wanted to give him a look in the latter role with its depth getting hammered. A change will come eventually.
May 21 - 2:24 AM

Christian Friedrich scattered four hits and six walks over six innings of one-run ball against the Brewers on Friday.

Friedrich wiggled his way out of near-disasters all night, routinely jamming the bases with the middle of the Brewers' batting order to coming to the plate, but little came from it. He ended with just one earned run allowed. Fantasy owners shouldn't be fooled by the 1.50 ERA, though. It was far from pretty. If the Padres give him the ball in five days, the lefty will square off against the Giants.
May 13 - 11:18 PM

Padres purchased the contract of LHP Christian Friedrich from Triple-A El Paso.

Friedrich will get a spot start on Friday in Milwaukee. The former first-round pick holds a 5.81 ERA at the big league level and can be ignored in fantasy circles.
May 13 - 4:21 PM

The Padres will call up Christian Friedrich from Triple-A El Paso to start on Friday against the Brewers.

The Padres need another starter after a rainout and doubleheader earlier this week. Friedrich has posted a 3.38 ERA over four starts between High- and Triple-A this season. He'll need to be added to the 40-man roster.
May 13 - 10:42 AM

Padres signed LHP Christian Friedrich to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

It's been a whirlwind spring so far for Friedrich, who was claimed off waivers by the Angels on February 5, returned to the Rockies two weeks later, and then promptly released by Colorado. Now he has a home in Padres camp, though it too could be temporary. The left-hander holds a rough 5.81 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 167 1/3 career major league innings.
Mar 3 - 10:43 AM

Rockies released LHP Christian Friedrich.

Friedrich had been designated for assignment in early February and claimed off waivers by the Angels. Based on his medical evaluation however, the Angels had concerns with his "ability to play at his accustomed level", and the Commissioner's Office determined that he would be returned to the Rockies, who subsequently released him. It's still unclear exactly what that health issue is or how Friedrich will proceed from here.
Feb 19 - 8:43 PM

Angels returned LHP Christian Friedrich to the Rockies.

The club cited health issues as the reason behind the transaction. Friedrich, who was claimed off of waivers on February 5, was expected to compete for a spot in the Angels' Opening Day bullpen.
Feb 19 - 8:36 PM

Angels claimed LHP Christian Friedrich off waivers from the Rockies.

Friedrich owns a career 5.81 ERA and has battled injuries since the Rockies took him in the first round of the 2008 Draft. However, as a big lefty with decent velocity, it's not surprising that another club is taking a shot on him. He'll compete for a spot in the Angels' bullpen.
Feb 5 - 1:44 PM

Rockies designated LHP Christian Friedrich for assignment.

A first-round pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, Friedrich never gained traction at the major league level with the Rockies. He owns a career 5.81 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 167 1/3 innings in the majors. Some team might remember his pedigree and take a shot on the 28-year-old, but he hasn't given anyone a reason to do so with his performance.
Jan 28 - 9:02 PM

Rockies recalled LHP Christian Friedrich from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Friedrich registered a rough 9.45 ERA and 2.18 WHIP in 13 1/3 innings with the Rockies earlier this season. And he hasn't fared much better at the Triple-A level.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 05:30:00 PM

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Starting Pitcher
S1Tyson Ross
2Andrew Cashner
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4Cesar Vargas
5Christian Friedrich
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3Carlos Villanueva
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