Picking seventh-overall, the Padres took the best high school pitcher available in the draft with lefthander Max Fried from Harvard-Westlake High in Studio City, Calif.
Fried is a great athlete who also hit cleanup for his high school and the athleticism helps on the mound. Fried pitches in the 89-91 mph range and tops out at 95. He has a well above-average curveball and a very good changeup. Fried pounds the zone with all three pitches.
Fried will likely forgo his commitment to UCLA and has already pitched at Petco Park in the Perfect Game All-American game last summer.
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