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Christian Friedrich | Relief Pitcher | #73

Team: Los Angeles Angels
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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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

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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

Rockies optioned LHP Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Friedrich put up a hideous 9.45 ERA, 2.18 WHIP and 14/8 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings during his time in the rotation. It's not clear who will replace him in the rotation, but the recently acquired Jair Jurrjens is an option.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Christian Friedrich's struggles continued, as he allowed five runs over 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Nationals.

Friedrich has made three starts this season, and allowed five-plus runs in all three of them (all losses, of course). On Tuesday, the lefty struggled with command, allowing five hits but walking four while striking out three. Friedrich carries an abysmal 9.45 ERA with a 2.18 WHIP, and a 14/8 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings. He'll go up against the Dodgers at home in his next start.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Christian Friedrich fell to 0-2, allowing five runs over four innings in Thursday's loss to the Brewers.

Friedrich has had an ugly start to his major league career, having now allowed 14 runs (nine earned) over his first ten innings. On Thursday, the lefty allowed nine hits -- including two first-inning home runs to Rickie Weeks and Aramis Ramirez -- while walking one and striking out eight. He'll look for improved results in his next start against the Nationals on the road.
Fri, Jun 27, 2014 12:22:00 AM

Christian Friedrich yielded nine runs -- four earned -- in six innings Saturday in a loss to the Brewers.

Friedrich hadn't appeared in a major league game since 2012 and looked the part on Saturday afternoon at Coors Field. He'll likely be sent back to Triple-A next week.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 08:02:00 PM

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

He'll come up to make the start Saturday against the Brewers. Friedrich hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 and owns a 7.89 ERA in 13 starts this season in Triple-A. He can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 01:48:00 PM

The Rockies are expected to recall Christian Friedrich to start on Saturday against the Brewers.

He's taking the rotation spot of the demoted Juan Nicasio. Friedrich gave up seven runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings in his last start at Triple-A Colorado Springs and holds a 7.89 ERA overall on the year. He can be avoided for fantasy purposes.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 11:26:00 PM

Christian Friedrich struggled in a losing effort against the Giants on Friday, surrendering three runs on six hits over his 3 2/3 innings of work.

The 26-year-old left-hander walked one and struck out two in the ballgame. He was victimized by Hunter Pence who knocked a pair of solo homers over the boards. He’s in camp competing for one of the final spots in the Rockies rotation, but is far too inconsistent to trust in mixed leagues.
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 07:11:00 PM

Rockies optioned LHP Christian Friedrich to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Friedrich struck out six over 3 2/3 innings this spring, but he also allowed seven hits, walked three and gave up three runs. After being limited to just 14 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to back issues, he needs to log some more Triple-A time.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Christian Friedrich allowed one run and struck out three over 1 2/3 innings against the Diamondbacks Monday.

Friedrich gave up three hits and two walks, but the three punchouts helped him allow just the one run. The left-hander was limited to just 14 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to back issues and is a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:58:00 PM

Christian Friedrich has changed his foot placement on the pitching rubber in order to prevent him throwing across his body.

The thinking is that Friedrich will put less pressure on his chronically sore back this way. It's apparently worked, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post says Friedrich has been "among the Rockies' surprises in camp." The big left-hander was limited to just 14 2/3 innings in the minors last season due to back issues after making 16 starts for the Rockies in 2012. He'll likely open the year in the Triple-A rotation.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Feb 21, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Christian Friedrich (back) has begun throwing bullpen sessions, per Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

Friedrich dealt with lower back inflammation that limited him to 14 2/3 innings in the minors last season. Renck said the left-hander has had to alter his mechanics to compensate for the issues. The 26-year-old made 16 starts for the Rockies in his rookie season in 2012 and, while the Rockies have a few starters vying for rotation spots, Friedrich should have a shot at breaking camp with the club this spring.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 11:10:00 PM

Rockies activated LHP Christian Friedrich from the 60-day disabled list.

Friedrich was limited to just four starts at the Triple-A level this season due to ongoing back issues. His status for spring training remains uncertain.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 07:13:00 PM

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