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.
Max Fried has given up two runs over 11 innings with 11 strikeouts and no walks in two starts for Low-A Rome. "Everything is feeling good," Fried told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm very happy with where I am now."
The seventh overall pick in 2012 did not pitch in 2015 following Tommy John surgery in August of 2014. It's not clear how many innings he'll pitch this season and the Atlanta Braves will likely be cautious with his comeback from surgery, but the results are encouraging after two starts.
Max Fried (elbow) returned to live game action this spring after missing 18 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery, ESPN's Jim Bowden reports.
Bowden said Fried struck out five of the first six hitters he faced and was displaying a plus-plus curveball in an intrasquad game back in mid-March. He has the potential to be a No. 2 starter in time, although he will likely begin the year at Low-A Rome as a 22-year-old. Considering he was able to take an extra long time to recover from TJ surgery, there's no reason he can't jump a level or two throughout the year, possibly approaching 100 innings. This is definitely an arm to keep an eye on in dynasty leagues.
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