|Chicago Dogs – No. 34|
|Born: July 8, 1987|
|MLB: May 9, 2012, for the Colorado Rockies|
|KBO: July 12, 2019, for the NC Dinos|
|MLB statistics |
(through 2016 season)
|Earned run average||5.37|
|KBO statistics |
(through July 28, 2019)
|Earned run average||4.00|
Christian Louis Patrick Friedrich (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Dogs of the American Association of Professional Baseball. He made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2012 and also played with the San Diego Padres. Friedrich also pitched in the KBO League for the NC Dinos.
Friedrich attended Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, and Eastern Kentucky University, where he played for the Eastern Kentucky Colonels baseball team. He was named a Baseball America Freshman All-American in 2006. In 2007, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League and was named a league all-star. He was also named a second-team All-American in 2008.
Friedrich was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the first round, with the 25th overall selection, of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. Baseball America ranked Friedrich as the #95 best prospect in baseball prior to the 2009 season and the 33rd best prior to the 2010 season.
The Rockies added Friedrich to their 40-man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He was called up on May 7, 2012, to make his major league debut against the San Diego Padres on May 9, 2012. On August 3, it was announced that an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his lower back, ending his season. Friedrich was 5-8 with a 6.17 earned run average in 16 starts, and had 74 strikeouts in 84+2⁄3 innings.
Colorado designated Friedrich for assignment on January 28, 2016. He was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on February 5. On February 19, the claim was reversed, and Friedrich was sent back to the Rockies.
Friedrich signed with the San Diego Padres on March 3, 2016. The Padres promoted him to the major leagues on May 13. In a debut game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, center fielder Chris Owings shot a fastball straight back up the middle, knocking off Friedrich's glove. The left-hander raced over to the ball and made the bare-handed toss to first for the out.
In a game against his former team, the Colorado Rockies, on Saturday, September 10, 2016, Friedrich led the Padres to a 6-3 victory while striking out a career-high tying 10 batters. Friedrich shrugged off a 109-mph DJ LeMahieu line drive that drilled him in the left leg during the third inning to work seven shutout innings.
Friedrich became a free agent on October 30, 2017, after the team outrighted him due to sustained injuries.
On March 26, 2019, Friedrich signed with the New Britain Bees of the independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
On July 2, 2019, Friedrich's contract was purchased by the NC Dinos of the KBO League. He became a free agent following the season.
On November 5, 2019, Friedrich re-signed with the New Britain Bees. However, following their move to the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, he was selected by the Somerset Patriots in the Bees dispersal draft.
On February 25, 2020, Friedrich signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox. He was released by the organization on June 18, 2020.
On June 29, 2021, Friedrich signed with the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 3 appearances, he registered a 6.17 ERA and 12 strikeouts over 11.2 innings.
On August 7, 2021, Friedrich was traded to the Chicago Dogs of the American Association of Professional Baseball in exchange for two players to be named later and cash considerations.