The Richmond Register

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June 5, 2008

BREAKING NEWS — Rockies take Friedrich in first round

RICHMOND — After a long, agonizing wait, Christian Friedrich finally got the call he’d been so eagerly anticipating.

The Eastern Kentucky University junior left-hander was selected by the Colorado Rockies with the 25th pick Thursday in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

“I was sitting upstairs in my parent’s bedroom watching (the draft) by myself,” Friedrich said from his home in Evanston, Ill. “I just kept watching time go by and (time) was just standing still for me. It was crazy just waiting, hoping.”

The EKU standout is only the second player in Ohio Valley Conference history to be drafted in the first round of the MLB draft, joining fellow left-handed pitcher Drew Hall of Morehead State, who was the third overall pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1984.

Friedrich was considered by some experts and insiders to be a potential upper first-round pick, perhaps in the top 15 selections, but the hard-throwing left-hander honestly didn’t know what to expect.

And he certainly wasn’t all that disappointed, even though he had obviously hoped he would be picked much sooner.

“I don’t really put much into it,” Friedrich said of being selected 25th. “It’s not really where you are picked it’s how you play and how you go about things. I’m just glad to be in the position that I’m in.”

Friedrich was considered a potential first-round pick prior to the year and impressed pro scouts with a sensational junior season. He finished his final season at EKU with a 5-1 record and was ranked second in the nation in earned run average (1.43) and hits allowed per nine innings (4.41).

He was also eighth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (11.9).

The left-hander was named the OVC Pitcher of the Year and was named First-Team All-OVC after leading the league in ERA, hits per nine innings, strikeouts per nine innings, strikeouts and opponent batting average (.144).

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