Have a debut, young man.
T.J. Friedl was an outfielder who batted .401 for the University of Nevada in the spring of 2016, but he was ineligible for the Major League Baseball draft because he was a sophomore at a four-year school.
Or so most people thought. Turns out he was eligible because he had completed three years academically at Nevada (he redshirted his sophomore year, thus the listing as sophomore on the Nevada roster) and once the Cincinnati Reds figured that out, they jumped at the opportunity to sign him.
Friedl was whisked to Billings, and as his travel bags sat unpacked in the Mustangs clubhouse on Aug. 5, Friedl homered in his first two professional at-bats. In fact, it was the first time he’d hit multiple homers in the same game at any level.
“As I was going around the bases, I was trying to hold my composure, but I was like, ‘Did I just do that?’ “ Friedl said about his second homer. “I don’t do that. It’s not me, but it was awesome.”
Friedl is playing this summer with the Reds Class A affiliate in Dayton, Ohio.