Christian Friedrich, Starting Pitcher, San Diego Padres, #53
Date of Birth: 7/8/1987
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois
College: Eastern Kentucky University
Current Salary: $1,790,000
Christian Friedrich, starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres, was first drafted in 2008 by the Colorado Rockies. He pitched in the Rockies' minor league system from 2008 through 2011.
Friedrich pitched in 16 games as a starting pitcher with the Rockies in 2012. He finished with a 6.17 ERA, 5 wins to 8 losses, and 74 strikeouts to 30 walks in 84.2 innings. He spent time that season on the DL with a lower back stress fracture. He missed most of the 2013 season with back inflammation. He played in just 4 games in the minors in 2013.
Friedrich was moved to the bullpen in 2014. He pitched in 3 games as a starter and 13 games in relief with the Rockies and he had a 5.92 ERA. He also pitched in 27 games in the minors. In 2015, he was just a relief pitcher for the Rockies, pitching 58.1 innings in 68 games. He finished with a 5.25 ERA and 45 strikeouts to 25 walks.
The Rockies designated Friedrich for assignment on January 28, 2016, and they released him on February 19th. The Padres signed him to a minor league contract on March 3rd. He was a starting pitcher again in 2016, pitching in 23 games as a starter and 1 game in relief with the Padres. He finished the season with 5 wins to 12 losses, 100 strikeouts to 52 walks, and a 4.80 ERA in 129.1 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Friedrich through 2016 include:
- 124 games played
- 296.2 innings pitched
- 10-28 win-loss record
- 246 strikeouts to 117 walks
- 5.37 ERA