Minor Surprises – Friedrich/Frazier

The minor league baseball season is alomost ready to enter its second month of the season, and to say the Colorado Rockies four minor league teams are off to a good start is more than just an understatement. Even those Class A Modesto Nuts are starting to come around after a slow start to the 2012 season.

Pitching, pitching and even more pitching are the key words so far for 2012 – well maybe beyond that guy named Nolan Arenado at AA Tulsa. The high profile prospect pitchers like Drew Pomeranz, Tyler Matzek, Alex White and Edwar Cabrera have all performed extremely well (but honestly they were suppose to). On the other hand Chad Bettis has been injured and has yet to pitch in the minors in 2012, but that maybe the only negative factor in the minor leagues starting pitcher review. And the stark contrast for Matzek between 2011 (the wheels came completely off) to 2012 (he is almost unhittable at the same Class A Modesto level) is simply remarkable.

However the biggest minor league pitching surprises for me to date are Christian Friedrich at AAA Colorado Springs and Parker Frazier at AA Tulsa:

Friedrich: ERA=2.33, WHIP=0.78 and 18 SO/3 BB in 19 innings – the humidor factor has reached a whiole new level of effectiveness for the Sky Sox. No one has pitched like this for the Sky Sox in a long long time!

Frazier: ERA=2.52, WHIP=1.24 and 15 SO/5 BB in 24 innings. That’s very solid pitching numbers right there even at pitcher friendly AA parks. Add to that that Frazier also had some success in the spring cameo appearances for the Rockies – well you start to see the trend here.

After two mediocre seasons at Tulsa Friedrich’s #1 draft pick/prospect status had become severly tarnished and as a result many thought he would be moved to the pen in 2012. Frazier on the other hand has been a solid but not great organizational arm that had only an outside chance of making it to the MLB. The point to be made now is that if these stat trends continue into the summer months, both of these starting pitchers could be in the Rockies MLB future by the end of this season or 2013 at the latest.

Just a year ago DanO’s publicly stated objective was to improve the pitching depth of the farm system. Yes it is early, but the results so far are simply off the charts, so maybe now the Rockies can afford to take a longer look at replacing that HOH guy holding down 1st Base.

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jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago

I love the aspect of the guys coming up and having great success to help when our guys stumble…just think that if we were doing terrible and none of the guys getting ready to come up were having success then we would really be depressed!

Thanks for putting this together OrangeRocks

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Last night:

Tyler Matzek- 6 IP, 8ks, 3 BB, 5 H, 2 ER, 3.28 ERA ( gets 1st win of season-1-3)

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

thanks ORocks….always good to read about those players on the up-and-coming lists.

Let’s get game one tonight paving the way for another series win!

Go Rox

sabrchip
sabrchip
8 years ago
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It’s interesting to see that the bats in the ml are doing quite well, too. Arenado is tearing it up as is Pacheco. Corey Dickerson’s doing it, too.

TJ in Phoenix
TJ in Phoenix
8 years ago

Great reading…thanks!!

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

The bad news was Christian Friedrich was placed on DL this week with a hamstring injury.

OT: Purple Row had an article talking about the BABIP metrics. Basically it was saying we have been unlucky with batted balls in play. This columnist went into further research and came up with what the Rockies players’ batting averages should be if our “luck” is normalized and a lot of players would have been batting over .300.

OrangeRocks
OrangeRocks
8 years ago

Thanks RMH, I saw that too after I wrote the article. In the minors leagues it is usually a 7 Day disabled list stay (rather than the 15 or 60 in the MLB), so you never really know if it will be longer or not. Hopefully a hamstring pull will just be a week or so?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Turned out it was a very minor injury. Friedrich is scheduled to pitch Sunday. The DL stint lasted all of seven days meaning his start was pushed back about two or three games.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

Christian Bergman has pitched well for Modesto. I think that I saw that he was the pitcher of the week in the California League. I hadn’t heard of him. Does anyone know anything about him? Actually, I think that other minor league pitchers have had some good outings, such as the guy we got for Huston Street (I think that his name is Nick Schmidt) who is a former first round draft choice of the Padres, and some of the… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

The way the big leaguers have struggled,and now gotten injured we may need all these guys.

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