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TJ Friedl 2019 Chattanooga Lookouts Game Worn & Signed Gray & Red Under Armour Yard Gloves
TJ Friedl is an outfielder for the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. After playing college baseball for the Nevada Wolf Pack, he signed with the Reds receiving the largest bonus ever given to an undrafted free agent.
Friedl attended Foothill High School in Pleasanton, California, where he played for the school's basketball and baseball teams. He was a letterman in three seasons for the baseball team, and had a .308 batting average. He enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he walked on to the Nevada Wolf Pack baseball team. He batted .216 in 37 at bats as a freshman. When told he would play sparingly again as a sophomore, Friedl agreed to take a redshirt year to preserve a season of eligibility. In his junior year, Friedl received more playing time. He batted .401, the 11th-best batting average in college baseball, and finished with the second-most triples, 17th-best on-base percentage (.494), and 24th-most hits (89). Friedl was named to the Mountain West Conference's first team. He was set to become the Wolf Pack's captain in his next season.
Mistakenly believing that he needed to play college baseball for three years, rather than attend college for three years, to be eligible for the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, Friedl did not consider it an option. That summer he played for the St. Cloud (MN) Rox of the Northwoods League where he hit .373 in 16 games with 12 stolen bases and was selected to play in the all-star game but prior to the NWL all-star game he signed with the United States national collegiate baseball team and compiled a .290 batting average and a .536 slugging percentage. Scouts for MLB teams began to contact Friedl about signing.
Friedl signed with the Cincinnati Reds over the summer and received a $732,500 signing bonus, the biggest bonus given to an undrafted free agent. He made his professional debut with the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, and hit two home runs in his first game. In total, he finished 2016 with a .347 batting average, three home runs, and 17 RBIs in 29 games. In 2017, he played for both the Dayton Dragons and the Daytona Tortugas, posting a combined .273 batting average with seven home runs, 38 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases in 114 games between both teams. Friedl spent 2018 with both Daytona and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, batting .284/.381/.384 with five home runs, 51 RBIs, and thirty stolen bases in 131 games between the two clubs.
On June 26th, 2019 Friedl was placed on the 7-day injured list with an ankle injury retroactively to the 24th. The day he was eligible to come off of the list, July 1st, he was activated. He went 2-3 with a walk, steal, and a run scored in the game. But in his final at-bat, a single to right field, with the throw heading to third base to try and get the lead runner, Friedl tried to take second. As he rounded first he clearly felt something and you could notice a bit of a limp in his stride. The runner at third was thrown out to end the inning, and when Chattanooga took the field for the bottom of the 7th inning, Friedl was replaced in the outfield. His season was cut short when he underwent season-ending surgery on his right ankle 3 weeks later.
The featured gray and red under armour yard gloves were game worn by TJ Friedl in 2019 as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts. The talented outfielder has signed each glove and added "Game Worn" in black. Sweet gloves directly from the Cincinnati Reds prospect!
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