Fried Stays Hot in Fourth AFL Start

Max Fried was a first round pick by the Padres in 2012. The Padres traded him to the Braves in December 2014 in the Justin Upton trade. Tommy John surgery forced him to miss much of 2014 and all of 2015. Last year was a bit of a struggle (8-7, 3.93) and 2017 was even worse (2-11, 5.54 ERA in 21 starts). The bright side to the season was his 3.81 ERA in nine appearances, four starts for the Atlanta Braves.

Lucas Giolito was his high school teammate in Los Angeles. At the time Lucas was the pitcher scouts wanted to see. An injury to Giolito and the improvement of Fried made Max a higher draft pick than Giolito.

In the AFL Max with his lefthanded fastball has limited the opposition to a .136 average and a 0.47 ERA in four starts. His fastball can hit the high 90s with a plus curveball. He had his third shutout appearance, going six innings and allowing just three hits while striking out five. The Peoria Javelinas defeated the Salt River Rafters 10-4.

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