Max Fried

#66 SP / Atlanta Braves / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-4 Weight: 185 lb Age: 23 College: None Bats/Throws L/L

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    For the past two years, Max Fried has been more myth than substance, undoubtedly testing the patience of his dynasty league owners. He missed most of 2014 and all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. At 22, he was a couple years older than most of the high-end talent at Low-A, but that was his assignment, as he was closer to 19 or 20 in baseball years. Fried's repertoire, which features a low-to-mid-90s fastball, plus curveball and average changeup that flashes plus, proved too much for Low-A hitters to handle, leading to a 26.4 percent strikeout rate. As with most pitchers in their first year back from elbow surgery, Fried's command and feel took a while to return to form, but judging from his second half, he was back to resembling a future No. 3 starter by year's end. The 6-foot-4 southpaw notched a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 52:11 K:BB in his final 38.2 innings.

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    • Braves' Max Fried: Optioned to Double-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Fried was optioned to Double-A Mississippi on Thursday. There was some thought that the 23-year-old southpaw could skip High-A altogether, as he is already on the 40-man roster and was dominant in the second half at Low-A last season, and that will indeed be the case. Of the pitchers in last year's historically stacked Low-A Rome rotation, Fried should be the first to reach the majors if he can handle this aggressive assignment. While he may seem a tad old at 23, he missed almost two full seasons due to Tommy John surgery, so he's closer to 21 in baseball years. He has the potential to be a No. 3 starter.

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    • Braves' Max Fried: Could begin season at Double-A
      By RotoWire Staff

      Fried, who is participating in his first major league spring training, could begin the season at Double-A Mississippi, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The 23-year-old spent all of last season at Low-A after missing 2015 due to Tommy John surgery, but dominated down the stretch, posting a 2.80 ERA and 72:19 K:BB in 54.2 innings over his final 11 regular season starts before striking out 24 batters in 14.2 innings during the playoffs. If Fried does make the jump to Double-A, either to begin the season or during the first half, the left-hander could maker his big league debut late in 2017.

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    • Braves' Max Fried: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Fried was added to Atlanta's 40-man roster on Friday. It is Rule 5 draft protection day, and this was a slam dunk add for the Braves, as Fried is one of the best pitching prospects in a system loaded with high-upside/high-pedigree arms. A lefty with the potential for a couple plus pitches and a third average offering, Fried should start 2017 at High-A as part of one of the best rotations in the minor leagues. He posted a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 52:11 K:BB in his final 38.2 innings of 2016.

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    • Braves' Max Fried: Activated from 7-day DL
      By RotoWire Staff

      Fried (hand) was activated from the 7-day DL and will start Sunday for Low-A Rome. Fried was placed on the 7-day DL in late July with a blister on his throwing hand, but after a few weeks off, it looks like he's fully healed. The left-hander, who missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, has a 3.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 84:39 K:BB ratio across 82.1 innings this season.

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    • Fried, 22, has a 4.25 ERA and 57:34 K:BB through 59.1 innings for Low-A Rome. Not surprisingly, Fried has struggled with his command after missing all of the 2015 campaign following Tommy John surgery. Still, he is nearly averaging a strikeout per inning at this level, and getting more ground ball outs than fly outs. Fried was known to induce a bevy of ground balls prior to the injury.

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