Max Fried

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Max Dorian Fried

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Biographical Information[edit]

Max Fried was a top-10 pick in the 2012 amateur draft.

Fried started his high school career at Montclair Prep High School. When they dropped athletics, he transferred to Harvard-Westlake High School, where one of his friends, Lucas Giolito, was pitching (Giolito would also be a 2012 first-rounder). In 2012, Max went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA, striking out 105 and walking 29 in 66 innings. He threw a fastball that usually was around 90-91 mph along with a strong curveball and had a UCLA commitment. Baseball America named him the top left-handed pitcher in the 2012 amateur draft class. The San Diego Padres took him 7th overall in the draft, the first high school hurler to go. The scout was Brent Mayne. He made his pro debut with the AZL Padres on July 2nd. Facing the AZL Athletics, he went one inning, allowing one hit and two walks and fanning one in a rough pro debut. He was 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA in 10 games (9 starts) for the AZL Padres that year. In 2013, he was 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 23 starts for the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps.

On December 19, 2014, he was the top prospect sent to the Atlanta Braves, alongside Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith, to acquire OF Justin Upton.

Fried made his major league debut with the Braves as a reliever on August 8, 2017, pitching two scoreless innings in a 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. After three other relief appearances, he was returned to AAA, then came back on September 3d to make his first major league start. Facing the Chicago Cubs, he was excellent, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits in 5 innings, the only run scoring on a solo homer by Ian Happ, to receive credit for a 5-1 win. He went 1-1, 3.91 in 9 game (4 starts) that first season, then followed that in 2018 by going 1-4, 2.94 in 14 games (5 starts) as the Braves won a division title. He was used out of the bullpen in the Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving up 1 run in 2 1/3 innings whole appearing in all four games.

He was a full-time starter at the major league level for the first time in 2019 and turned out an excellent season as one of the Braves' most consistent pitchers. On September 5th, he allowed just 1 hit in 7 innings in shutting down the Washington Nationals, 4-2, notching his National League-leading 16th win of the year and extending his team's lead in the division race to 8 games.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Gold Glove Winner (2020)
  • NL Winning Percentage Leader (2020)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2019)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Corey Brock: "Padres tab high school lefty Fried with top pick",, June 5, 2012. [1]
  • Daniel Kramer: "This emerging ace deserves Cy attention",, September 4, 2020. [2]

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