Padres’ Fried To Have Tommy John Surgery

Max Fried, the Padres’ first-round pick in 2012 and the seventh pick overall out of high school in Southern California, will have elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Aug. 20, the team announced.

Max Fried

Max Fried (Photo by Bill Mitchell)

Fried, who attended Harvard-Westlake High in Studio City, was shut down in February because of soreness in his left arm. He did not pitch until June and made only five appearances before being shut down again after his July 21 appearance.

He reported soreness in his elbow after that start.

“We have concerns about him. He’s having difficulty responding to the throwing program between games,” then-Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch told “He’s not comfortable throwing. We do have concerns that he hasn’t responded well. He’s having difficulty throwing.”

Before the injury concerns, Fried had the pitch quality and the projection to become a frontline starter in San Diego. He was 6-7, 3.49 in the Midwest League in 2013.

He began the season as the No. 53 player in our top 100 prospects list.

A high school teammate of Nats’ top prospect Lucas Giolito, Fried signed for $3 million in 2012.

At his best, he can spin a plus curveball and has two other pitches that scouts grade favorably, but what enhances his ceiling is the projection remaining in his lean 6-foot-4 frame. He fires 90-91 mph fastballs and tops out at 95.