The Rockies announced that they have designated left-hander and former first-round pick Christian Friedrich for assignment. Because Colorado acquired two 40-man roster players — Jake McGee and German Marquez — in the trade that sent Corey Dickerson and a non-40-man player (Kevin Padlo) to Tampa Bay, the Rockies needed to clear a second spot on what had been a full 40-man roster.
Friedrich, 28, was selected 25th overall out of Eastern Kentucky University back in 2008, but he’s struggled for much of his pro career, amassing an ERA north of 5.00 at both the Triple-A level and in the Major Leagues. This past season, Friedrich posted a 5.25 ERA with 6.9 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 47.4 percent ground-ball rate in 58 1/3 innings of work. While Friedrich has struggled throughout his career, he’s held left-handed hitters in check fairly well, limiting same-handed opponents to a .257/.314/.364 batting line. He’s also posted considerably better numbers away from Coors, where he has a 4.61 ERA as compared to a 6.96 mark at home.