The Padres have signed the first high school pitcher selected in the 2012 draft, No. 7 overall selection Max Fried. He'll receive a $3 million bonus, matching the assigned value for his slot.
When Harvard-Westlake HS (Studio City, Calif.) teammate Lucas Giolito went down with a sprained elbow ligament in March, Fried supplanted him as the best prep pitcher available. Some scouting directors called him the best pitcher in the draft, including the college crop.
An athletic 6-foot-4, 180-pound lefty, Fried has an fastball that ranges from 88-95 mph, a nasty curveball and a changeup that could give him a third plus pitch. He had committed to UCLA.
View our Padres Draft Database here.
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