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Christian Friedrich | Starting Pitcher | #53

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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 walked five batters and allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 frames in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.
Two of the runs charged to Friedrich scored after he was pulled, but he hardly has anything to complain about given how wild he was. The left-hander got off to a surprising start with the Padres but has predictably hit a wall, failing to register a quality start in his last six tries. He'll face the Nationals over the weekend. Jul 19 - 12:16 AM

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Christian Friedrich was saddled with his fifth loss of the season on Sunday, surrendering three runs on seven hits over five innings against the Dodgers.

On the plus side for any fantasy owners who threw him out there on Sunday, the southpaw did manage to rack up seven strikeouts while walking one. He finishes an inconsistent first half with a 4-5 record, 4.50 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 55/28 K/BB ratio across 60 innings of work.
Jul 10 - 7:57 PM

Christian Friedrich failed to get the job done in Tuesday's loss to the Diamondbacks, surrendering five runs on six hits over five innings.

Friedrich struck out five without walking a batter, but a few costly mistakes dashed his hopes for victory. The largest came in the form of a three-run homer by Rickie Weeks Jr. in the third, flipping a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. Friedrich will close out the pre-All-Star break portion of the Padres' schedule when he carries his 4.42 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 48/27 K/BB ratio (55 innings) into a road date with the Dodgers on Sunday.
Jul 6 - 12:50 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Derek Norris
2Christian Bethancourt
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Cory Spangenberg
2Jemile Weeks
3Adam Rosales
4Ryan Schimpf
SS1Alexei Ramirez
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Brett Wallace
3Alexi Amarista
CF1Jon Jay
2Travis Jankowski
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1Tyson Ross
2Andrew Cashner
3Christian Friedrich
4Colin Rea
5Luis Perdomo
6Cesar Vargas
7Erik Johnson
8Robbie Erlin
9Edwin Jackson
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Ryan Buchter
3Matt Thornton
4Brad Hand
5Jon Edwards
6Carlos Villanueva
7Keith Hessler
8Paul Clemens
9Jose Dominguez
10Buddy Baumann