Along with righties Juan Nicasio and Alex White, Friedrich helps make up Colorado's promising crop of young arms. But as he watches the young starters try to make their way in the Majors, manager Jim Tracy wants to see evidence of mental development.
"They're all capable enough and qualified enough with the stuff that they have," Tracy said. "I think more so they need to understand that when you create offensive opportunity for the other side, they're going to capitalize."
Grooming young pitching staffs is nothing new to veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez. In fact, it's already been a decade since he was calling games for Oakland's young trio of Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.
"The key to being successful is you have to know your own game," Hernandez said. "You got to know what your catcher wants to do and you've got to know what kind of pitcher you are. The sooner you figure that out, the sooner you can make a plan and you'll understand how to pitch."
White also fared well in his Rockies debut last week, but followed it up by giving up six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings during Sunday's 11-5 loss against the Dodgers. Above all, Tracy wants his pitchers to be the aggressors on the mound.
"I'd rather see our younger guys out there as aggressive as a [Matt] Belisle, a [Rafael] Betancourt, some of those guys and say, 'Hey, I'm coming after with the best stuff that I have and if you can put three hits in a row together, you'll produce a run,'" Tracy said. "We're not doing that and we have to do that."