Harvard-Westlake HS pitcher Max Fried was selected in Monday's MLB First-Year Play Draft by the San Diego Padres at No. 7 overall. Fried is a 6'3" left-hander whose fastball reaches the mid-90s. In his senior year at Harvard-Westlake HS in North Hollywood, Fried compiled an 8-2 record and 2.02 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 29 walks.
An anonymous American League scout called Fried the best left-handed pitching prospect from Southern California in the past ten years in a recent Los Angeles Times story.
Here is an in-depth scouting report on Fried from Baseball Prospect Nation. See a video of Fried pitching below:
MAX FRIED VIDEO (via Fidog91)
Fried's high school teammate, Lucas Giolito was selected at No. 16 overall by the Washington Nationals. Giolito has committed to UCLA and will have to make a decision by July 13th on whether to start his professional career or attend UCLA.
Discuss Fried's selection with other San Diego Padres fans at SB Nation's Gaslamp Ball.