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Max Fried | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (21) / 1/18/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Braves acquired LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot from the Padres in exchange for OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft.
Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game, but he had elbow troubles and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August. He has top-of-the-rotation upside if he can re-gain his pre-op stuff, but obviously there's some risk here. Fri, Dec 19, 2014 05:00:00 PM

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Padres pitching prospect Max Fried will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Fried missed the first three months of the season due to forearm tightness before returning in early July. He wound up making five starts between the Arizona League Padres and Low-A Fort Wayne before his ulnar collateral ligament gave out. Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game. The 2012 first-round pick will now likely be out until 2016.
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 02:53:00 PM

Padres left-handed prospect Max Fried made his return to Low-A Fort Wayne on Wednesday, scattering five hits and one walk over 3 2/3 innings, striking out one batter.

After missing three months with forearm soreness, Fried has returned to the Low-A Midwest League after making 23 starts there in 2013. If Fried can stay healthy, he will likely end up spending time in the Arizona Fall League to pick up extra innings. He has the potential to be a solid No. 2 starting pitcher for San Diego, and will be obviously be helped by the spacious Petco Park.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Max Fried (forearm) will start with Low-A Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

Fried missed the first three months of the season following forearm soreness during spring training, but he recently made it through two appearances in rookie ball without incident. Selected No. 7 overall in 2012, the 20-year-old left-hander posted a 3.49 ERA and 100/56 K/BB ratio over 118 2/3 innings during his first full year in pro ball last year. He still has plenty of long-term promise.
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Padres prospect LHP Max Friend (elbow) struck out three batters in two scoreless innings Sunday for the team's affiliate in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

The left-hander allowed one hit and one walk in the outing. Fried, 20, is being eased back into action after sitting out the first three months of the season with an elbow injury, but he's now looked sharp in a pair of Arizona League starts with four strikeouts over four scoreless innings. In his 2013 full-season debut, Fried posted a 3.49 ERA and 100-56 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 118 2/3 innings for Low-A Fort Wayne.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 12:32:00 PM

Padres pitching prospect Max Fried struck out one while allowing one run on three hits over one inning in his season debut with the Arizona League Padres Thursday.

Fried had been out all season with a strained left forearm. Ranked before the season by Baseball America as the team's No. 3 prospect, Fried should make his way up to High-A Lake Elsinore before long.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 11:03:00 AM

Padres prospect left-hander Max Fried (forearm) is expected to begin pitching in games by the weekend.

Presumably he'll start out by pitching in rookie league games before moving on to face more advanced competition, likely with Class A Fort Wayne. Fried, the No. 7 overall pick in 2012, has been sidelined all season with a forearm injury.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Padres pitching prospect Max Fried (forearm) is close to making his season debut.

Fried has been out all year with a forearm injury, but he's finally nearing a return to one of the team's minor league affiliates. The young left-hander was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game.
Mon, Jun 16, 2014 09:37:00 PM

Padres pitching prospect Max Fried is aiming to join one of the team's minor league affiliates in the middle of May.

Out since late February with soreness in his pitching forearm, Fried had another successful bullpen session Wednesday. He should be cleared to face hitters soon before officially beginning his season.
Thu, May 8, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Padres prospect left-hander Max Fried (forearm) has advanced to throwing from a distance of 150 feet.

Fried was shut down in February due to forearm soreness, but he is making steady progress. The plan calls for him to begin throwing bullpen sessions next week. If all goes well, the 20-year-old will be able to join High-A Lake Elsinore by early-to-mid May.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:28:00 PM

Padres pitching prospect Max Fried (forearm) will play catch on Monday.

Fried was shut down after dealing with forearm soreness last month, but the move was viewed as precautionary. The Padres will bring the young lefty along slowly, so expect him to miss the beginning of the minor league season.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 01:31:00 PM

Max Fried (forearm) is expected to resume his spring throwing program in 10-14 days.

Fried was shut down in February after experiencing soreness in his left forearm, but an exam Tuesday showed no major structural damage and the young southpaw should only be slightly behind when the regular season starts. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, Fried will be looking to make a good impression in his second full year as a pro.
Tue, Mar 4, 2014 01:04:00 PM

Padres prospect Max Fried has been shut down for a minimum of two weeks due to foream soreness.

Fried, the No. 7 overall pick in 2012, reported the soreness in the flexor-mass area of his arm after throwing long-toss from 120 feet earlier this month. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said results were "benign" following an MRI and the soreness was muscular in nature and not related to the ligament, but the 20-year-old will rest until the symptoms subside.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 05:34:00 PM

Corey Brock of hears that the Padres will announce Friday that they have signed first-round pick Max Fried.

Fried, a high school left-hander out of California, was selected No. 7 overall in last Monday's First-Year Player Draft. Dan Hayes of the North County Times reports that he'll get the recommended slot value of $3 million.
Fri, Jun 15, 2012 04:42:00 PM

Padres selected high-school LHP Max Fried with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Widely considered the top high-school lefty in this year's draft class, Fried doesn't have an overpowering fastball, but boasts excellent command and secondary pitches. A wiry 6-foot-4, 170 pounds, however, he will need to fill out his frame as he refines his pitches on the farm. Fried has drawn (loose) comparisons to Barry Zito.
Mon, Jun 4, 2012 07:56:00 PM

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3John Buck
4Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jace Peterson
4Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Eric Young Jr.
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eury Perez
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
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6Wandy Rodriguez
7Eric Stults
8Manny Banuelos
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2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
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8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Ian Thomas
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