Friedrich invited to first big-league spring training
Left-hander, coming off a productive 2009 season split between the Rockies two Class A affiliates, is among six prospects not on the 40-man roster who have been invited to big-league spring training for the first time.
The group also includes relievers Craig Baker, Andrew Johnston and left-hander, third baseman Darin Holcomb and catcher in addition to Friedrich. The 22-year Friedrich, the 25th player taken overall in the 2008 draft, went a combined 6-5 with a 2.41 ERA in 22 starts for low Class A Asheville and high Class A Modesto in 2009 with 43 walks, 159 strikeouts and 94 hits allowed in 119 2/3 innings.
In November the Rockies put five players on the big-league roster for the first time, guaranteeing them of invitations to major-league camp — pitchers, Alberto Albuquerque, Chaz Roe, and catcher , who previously has been to big league camp since catchers are needed, given the abundance of pitchers.
Other homegrown non-roster minor leaguers under consideration for an invitation to major league camp are outfielders Chris Frey andand pitchers Andrew Graham and Keith Weiser. Frey previously has been to big-league spring training.
The likes of catcher, shortstop , outfielder Matt Miller, catcher Paul Phillips and infielder Omar Quintanilla will not be newcomers this year at big-league camp. And, of course, neither will catcher Paul Lo Duca and outfielder Jay Payton, both of whom have agreed to minor league deals.