School: Eastern Kentucky
Weight: 208 lbs.
Hometown: Evanston, IL
High School: Loyola HS
Previously Drafted: None
- 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List
- 2007 Cape Cod League All-star
- 2007 OVC All-tournament
Friedrich, like Louisiana Tech’s Luke Burnett, is sparkling at a small Division I baseball program. That’s where the similarities with Burnett end. Unlike Burnett, Friedrich commands a four-pitch repertoire. His best pitch is a deadly 12-6 overhand curve and he mixes in a 88-92 mph fastball, a slurve and a slider. He held his own in the competitive Cape Cod League.
No matter how well he pitches, scouts will have to temper their interest. Friedrich pitches in the Ohio Valley Conference, the 20th strongest league in Division I baseball.
Barring a disastrous 2008, Friedrich will be selected in the first 15 picks.