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Christian Friedrich, a 1st round pick in 2008, turned heads in his Major League debut
The majority of rookies on the roster are, unfortunately, pitchers. And the only way to introduce pitchers to the bright lights of the big show are to throw them in the flames and hope they survive.
Christian Friedrich's only two big league starts were very impressive. He fanned 10 Giants batters on Monday, a feat no Colorado freshman has ever accomplished. His curveball earned rave reviews, as opposing manager Bruce Bochy compared it to the legendary Sandy Koufax. However, his career in Double-A Tulsa was very average, so time will tell if he's merely a flash in the pan.
Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, both pieces of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, haven't enjoyed such smooth transitions.
Pomeranz is lacking consistency and was recently optioned to Colorado Springs to work on his control. When his fastball is hitting the mark, Pomeranz proves why he is held in such high regard by scouts. The Rockies are counting on him to be a regular in the rotation by as soon as next season.
White has been knocked around at the highest level and will likely trade places with Pomeranz in the near future. Scouting reports claim the 23-year-old has a devastating slider and has been a force in Triple-A for the past couple seasons. Confidence may be hindering his game, but the highly-touted prospect will receive plenty of chances to right the ship.