Christian Friedrich

School: Eastern Kentucky

Class: Junior

Height: 6′3″

Weight: 208 lbs.

Bats: Right

Throws: Left

Pos: LHP

Hometown: Evanston, IL

High School: Loyola HS

Previously Drafted: None

Year   Team       IP   K/9   BB/9   K/BB   HR/9   H/9   RA                  
2006   Eastern Kentucky       82.0   13.0   2.6   4.9   0.1   7.0   3.07                  
2007   Eastern Kentucky       81.2   11.2   4.0   2.8   0.4   4.9   3.21          

Honors:

  • 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List
  • 2007 Cape Cod League All-star
  • 2007 OVC All-tournament

Strengths:
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.

Weaknesses:
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.

The Future:
Barring a disastrous 2008, Friedrich will be selected in the first 15 picks.

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