Max Fried was a three-year varsity baseball player at Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, Calif.) under head coach Rick Weber, stands at a projectable 6-foot-4 and has phenomenal pitching mechacnics and athleticism to boot. He can reach 92 mph on his fastball, but also has a nice off-speed game to provide a lethal combination. He accepted a scholarship offer to UCLA, but was also drafted 7th overall by the San Diego Padres. Fried was drafted in the first round along with his Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) teammate Lucas Giolito. Fried transferred to Harvard-Westlake for his senior year after his old school cut its athletics department.
He went 7-3 with one save and a 1.31 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 38 walks in 69.2 innings as a junior (2011). He also earned Olympic League Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore and second-team All-Olympic League acclaim as a freshman (2009). He ranks No. 18 in Perfect Game USA’s list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 Draft and was also listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase.
Head Coach John Savage says that, “Max is a talented left-handed pitching prospect who will pitch immediately in our program. He has a legitimate arm along with a hard breaking curveball. Max is one of the best athletes in this class.”
Fried will probably not jump straight to the majors, because he has some developing left to do and will probably start at either the single-A or double-AA level. He could definitely become a rotation pitcher for the Padres one day though and is probably glad that the team he was drafted by is close to home for his family. Expect big things in the future for Mr. Fried.