TJ Friedl

TJ Friedl

27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Friedl has the chance to be one of those overlooked players who falls into more playing time than their skillset otherwise deserves because he is on a bad ball club bereft of talent to overtake him at the position. Friedl is a high contact hitter with speed and little power who could benefit from reduced shifting and use his willingness to accept walks and convert them into steals on the bases under the new rules. Friedl's home to first time, a good indicator of potential steals, is near the 90th percentile league-wide, so he has the skills to at least duplicate the 17 steals he had in 2022 between Triple-A and the majors in 21 attempts. He is also projected to hit leadoff as things currently stand on the roster making him an excellent candidate to potentially triple his MLB steals total from 2022 on volume alone if he can improve his ability to get on base. Simply put, he is an intriguing late game speed dart throw in all league formats. Read Past Outlooks
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#408
ADP
$Signed a $732,500 contract with the Reds in August of 2016.
Officially lands on IL
OFCincinnati Reds
Hamstring
October 4, 2022
Friedl was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain.
ANALYSIS
Despite the fact that Friedl is already 27, this was his rookie season. He logged a .240/.314/.436 slash line with eight home runs and seven steals in 258 plate appearances. Mike Siani and Aristides Aquino are candidates to pick up an extra start or two over the final two days of the season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
41
5
7
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+46%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+57%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left 1.054 28 4 1 5 1 .333 .429 .625
Since 2020vs Right .722 266 38 8 22 6 .237 .308 .414
2022vs Left 1.121 22 3 1 5 1 .333 .455 .667
2022vs Right .716 236 30 7 20 6 .232 .301 .415
2021vs Left .833 6 1 0 0 0 .333 .333 .500
2021vs Right .767 30 8 1 2 0 .280 .367 .400
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+197%
OPS at Home
2020
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .881 123 23 5 9 3 .324 .390 .491
Since 2020Away .661 171 19 4 18 4 .189 .269 .392
2022Home .837 104 16 4 7 3 .297 .375 .462
2022Away .691 154 17 4 18 4 .201 .273 .418
2021Home 1.121 19 7 1 2 0 .471 .474 .647
2021Away .378 17 2 0 0 0 .071 .235 .143
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does TJ Friedl compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
7.8%
 
K Rate
15.5%
 
BABIP
.251
 
ISO
.196
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.314
 
SLG
.436
 
OPS
.750
 
wOBA
.326
 
Exit Velocity
87.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.3%
 
Barrels/PA
3.5%
 
Expected BA
.215
 
Expected SLG
.335
 
Sprint Speed
24.5 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
32.2%
 
Line Drive %
17.8%
 
Fly Ball %
50.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2017
Friedl made his big-league debut last year, hitting .290 with one home run and more walks (four) than strikeouts (two) in 36 PA. He will once again be in line for some work in the majors, particularly if the Reds don't add to the roster after the lockout. Known as a light-hitting outfielder with good contact skill and plus speed, Friedl is capable of playing center field or left field, and he fits best as a fourth or fifth outfielder. His .264/.357/.422 slash line and 111 wRC+ at Triple-A was not overly impressive for a player who is set to turn 27 in August. However, he should at least make enough contact to hold is own at the bottom third of the lineup against right-handed pitching. He makes for a fine depth piece in NL-only and deep draft-and-hold formats, given his speed and the fact the Reds will likely have playing time available.
Friedl's story is pretty incredible. A perfect storm of draft status confusion, limitations imposed by draft allotment rules and plain oversight (among other factors), led to Friedl going undrafted in 2016. The Reds did their homework and ended up signing Friedl in August, giving him the largest signing bonus ever for an undrafted player. He began to reward the organization immediately, posting a .423 OBP and 16 extra-base hits from the left side of the plate in a 29-game stint with rookie-level Billings. The 21-year-old also stole seven bases, flashing the plus-plus speed that should keep him in center field. That speed along with advanced plate skills and surprising power for a 5-foot-10, 170 pound frame, is enough to put Friedl among the top 10 in the Reds' system, but those in keeper leagues may want to wait and see how Friedl fares with a full-season affiliate before investing.
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Suffers hamstring injury
OFCincinnati Reds
Hamstring
October 3, 2022
Friedl (leg) has been diagnosed with a hamstring injury and will miss the last two games of the regular season, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Exits with leg injury
OFCincinnati Reds
Leg
October 3, 2022
Friedl was removed from Monday's game against the Cubs after suffering a leg injury while sliding into third base, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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On bench against left-hander
OFCincinnati Reds
October 1, 2022
Friedl isn't starting Saturday against the Cubs.
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Sits against southpaw
OFCincinnati Reds
September 23, 2022
Friedl isn't in the lineup Friday against the Brewers.
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Sitting against lefty
OFCincinnati Reds
September 18, 2022
Friedl is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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