Rockies add Cabrera and Friedrich to 40-man roster
The Colorado Rockies have added left-handed pitching prospects Edwar Cabrera (Single-A Modesto) and Christian Friedrich (Double-A Tulsa) to their 40-man roster, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
The 24-year old Cabrera was old for Low-and-High-A ball but had an outstanding season, going 8-3 with a 3.34 ERA, a minor-league best 217 strikeouts and a 5.3/1 K/BB rate. He'll have to show effectiveness at Double-A Tulsa next season due to his age to still be considered a quality prospect but he looks promising at this point with his ability to get outs on his own through punchouts, his ability to throw strikes and not help opposing offenses by offering free passes. He is prone to giving up home runs (18), so he will have to improve his command.
The Colorado Rockies' Prospects Report, the parent site of this publication, likes Cabrera to the extent it sees him as a future major league player, likely as a back-end starter, at least initially, and if that doesn't work, then surely a quality reliever.
Friedrich, also 24, was a first-round pick in the 2008 draft and looked like a future rotation lock during his first two seasons in the organization but he's leveled off the last two years, due to injury and ineffectiveness both, posting ERA's of 5.05 and 5.00. He has also given up 256 hits in 220 and a 1/3 innings, proving too easy to hit. His strikeout rate is way down since moving up the ladder. He looks overwhelmed by the competition in too many starts.
The Colorado Rockies' Prospects Report does not see Friedrich as a major league starter. His struggles over two years at Double-A have led to that decision. If Friedrich is going to make it, it will have to be by limiting his exposure to risk, meaning converting him to a reliever. That's still no guarantee he will succeed with the Rockies but it greatly increases his chances. Expect that move by the organization in the next year.
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