Preseason Countdown: Ty Friedrich, #20

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 20 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #20, Ty Friedrich.

C Ty Friedrich

C Ty Friedrich

Position: Catcher

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’2” / 185

Hometown: Humelstown, Pa.

Previous School: Lower Dauphin

2016 Spring Stats (High School): .491 (third-highest single-season average in school history)

2016 Summer Stats (Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): .351 (13-for-37), 2 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 11 R, .500 OBP, .486 SLG

About Ty: Friedrich comes to Maryland after a historic season in high school, which earned him a spot on Baseball America’s Pennsylvania draft prospects list. Perfect Game’s third-ranked catcher in Pennsylvania’s Class of 2016 was also named to the Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American team after his senior season.

Friedrich spent the summer playing for the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League—the same team as now-Terps teammate Nick Cieri.

In high school, Friedrich took part in a study conducted at the SUNY College of Optometry that was designed to help athletes—especially baseball players—increase their vision. According to the Wall Street Journal article, Friedrich “wears contact lenses and had always known his left eye was better than his right.”

This season, Friedrich’s biggest chance to make an impact may be as a pinch-hitter, as he’ll more than likely play behind both Cieri and junior Justin Morris.