TJ Friedl had a big day for the Cincinnati Reds organization on Thursday, who signed with the organization for the largest bonus in history for a non-drafted free agent. The Dayton Dragons picked up a suspended game on Thursday morning in the 14th inning. The game was tied 0-0 as things entered the 16th before Friedl smacked a solo home run that put the Dragons up 1-0. They would lose the game on a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the inning. However, that was just the first game. The two teams would have a second, regularly scheduled 9-inning game to come 30-minutes after the completion of the first game.
That’s where the Reds outfield prospect took things to the next level. TJ Friedl entered Thursday with one home run on the season. He added the second in the earlier game. After a ground out to lead off the game, Friedl came back up to the plate in the top of the 3rd inning and smacked a solo home run to right-center field.
The next inning saw the outfielder come up to the plate with the bases loaded. TJ Friedl would duplicate his feat from the inning before. He clobbered a home run to right-center field for his third home run of the day and second of the game. He would finish out the second game 2-5 with a hit-by-pitch, 3 runs scored, two home runs and 5 RBI.
TJ Friedl continues to hit in 2017
Obviously, a day in which you hit three home runs, it’s going to give your stat line a big boost. TJ Friedl was having a good season with the Dayton Dragons prior to the games played today. However, after the games were completed he finds himself hitting .295/.383/.512 on the season. That comes with 14 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 18 walks and just 29 strikeouts in 194 plate appearances. He’s also stolen nine bases this year, though he has been caught stealing five times.