The 23-year-old spent all of last season at Low-A after missing 2015 due to Tommy John surgery, but he 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 MLB debut late in 2017.
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.
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.
The 22-year-old tossed two shutout innings on July 15, but was pulled from the game after blisters on his throwing hand resurfaced -- an issue that landed him on the DL back on July 4. It's been a frustrating month for the left-hander, who has performed exceedingly well in 16 starts for Low-A Rome, posting a 3.50 ERA along with a killer 9.2 K/9 and 0.7 HR/9 through 82.1 innings. While Fried is considered a core piece in the
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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