Christian Friedrich; Photo EKU Sports
Baseball America has ranked EKU alum Christian Friedrich number two on Colorado Rockies top prospects list. Friedrich, who MLB.com named the Rockies minor league pitcher of the year last week, was the Rockies first round pick in 2008 and has excelled in his first two professional seasons. I’ve included his 2009 stats at low A Asheville and high A Modesto below with a snippet of BA analysis from Tracy Ringolsby. You can click the link for the full list but will have to buy a subscription to see the full breakdown of Friedrich and the other top Rockies prospects. (Read more)
#2) LHP Christian Friedrich — EKU — Asheville/Modesto
- 6-5, 2.41, 119.2 IP, 159 SO/43 BB
- 22 games started, 94 hits allowed, .215 average against
- BA: “Friedrich will open 2010 in Double-A Tulsa, where he would have finished last season if the Rockies hadn’t decided to handle him carefully after his elbow problems. If he develops as quickly as he did in 2009, he could make his major league debut by the end of the season.”
Sawyer Carroll; Photo: UK Athletics
We continue the awards series with the minor leagues. Eligible players are limited to Kentucky alumni and minor league players. However, only numbers achieved while with one of the three Kentucky minor league teams will be considered.
Player of the Year — OF Sawyer Carroll, AA San Antonio
- Carroll excelled at the University of Kentucky, but wasn’t projected to continue his college success in professional ball. However the former Cat standout has done nothing but hit since being drafted by the San Diego Padres. In 2009, Carroll batted .317 with eight home runs and 96 RBI.
- EKU alum Neil Sellers (.317, 17 HR, 86 RBI) and Legends 1B Brian Pellegrini (.291, 27 HR, 74 RBI) were considered but ultimately penalized due to age considerations.
Pitcher of the Year — RHP Christian Friedrich, High A Modesto
- EKU alum Christian Friedrich dominated in 2009 despite missing time with an injury. In 119.2 innings pitched Friedrich was 6-5 with a 2.41 ERA. He also struck out 159 in 22 games.
- Legends ace Jordan Lyles struck out 167 in 144.2 innings pitched, and Bowling Green ace Matt Moore led the minors with 176 strikeouts. Friedrich wins because he performed at a higher level and posted a lower by more than half a run.
Christian Friedrich; Photo EKU Sports
Baseball America named EKU alum and Colorado Rockies farmhand Christian Friedrich the second best prospect in the high A California League Monday. Friedrich was 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 74 innings in the California league, after and early season promotion from the South Atlantic League. Christian ranked second in the minors with 12 strikeouts per nine innings. BA writes: “Rather than blowing away with velocity, as many strikeout artists do, the imposing 6-foot-4 southpaw misses bats with outstanding secondary pitches.” (Read more)
Baseball America has ranked EKU alum Christian Friedrich number eight on its end-of-season Prospect Hot Sheet. The final hot sheet ranks the 20 prospects that stood out the most above the field. Friedrich earned the honor with a 6-5 record, 2.41 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 120 innings between low A Asheville and high A Modesto.
“Friedrich’s most dominating stretch came over three starts at the end of July and early August. He didn’t record a win in any of the games, but struck out 32 and walked six over 17 innings, recording a 0.54 ERA in the process,” BA writes.
Louisville isn’t the only team competing in the Minor League playoffs with BluGrass Baseball connections. Here is a rundown of some other Kentucky players’ postseason performances.
- EKU alum Christian Friedrich surrendered three runs in five innings while striking out 10 for high A Modesto in the California League playoffs Thursday.
- Former UofL standout Chris Dominguez was 1-17 in Salem-Keizer’s tun to the Northwest League Championship.
- Lexington native Ben Revere was 4-12 with two runs scored and two RBI in high A Fort Meyer’s first round elimination in the Florida State League playoffs.
- UofL alum Chris Cates was 0-3 for Fort Meyers.
- Trinity High alum Tyler Kuhn is 1-8 for high A Winston-Salem in the Carolina League playoffs.
- NKU alum Nathan Jones allowed two hits in one-third of an inning for Winston-Salem.
- UK alum Sawyer Carroll is 0-8 for San Antonio in the AA Texas League playoffs.
Former Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Ryan Strieby was just one of several alums of Kentucky schools with impressive performances around the minor leagues over the weekend. Check out his performance and more in these minor league box scores.