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Monday, June 4, 2012

Max Fried to San Diego Padres: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis - Bleacher Report

Position: LHP

Height/Weight: 6'4"/180 lbs

Bats/Throws: L/L

High School: Harvard-Westlake (Calif.)

College Commitment: UCLA

Fried, a 6'3", 170-pounder whose fastball sits in the low-90s, has drawn rave reviews from scouts, especially for his plus breaking ball that has excellent shape and downward action. 

He has a highly athletic and projectable frame, while his feel and command of his pitches are incredibly mature for his age. His curveball is already a plus offering and the best in the draft, as he throws it in the mid-to-upper-70s with tight rotation and late, downward bite. 

His delivery is smooth yet deceptive, which aids the effectiveness of his solid-to-average changeup. As a senior, he's already shown an above-average feel for the strike zone as well as solid command of his pitches.

Fried has received comparisons ranging from Barry Zito (A's-era Barry Zito, that is) and Clayton Kershaw due to both his command and pure stuff. He'll need some time to develop, but it's possible that Fried is one of the first prep pitchers in the 2012 draft class to reach the major leagues, possibly by late 2015.

Analysis: The long-struggling Padres locked up who they hope will be a cornerstone in their rotation for years to come. Hardly players these days in free agency, the Padres will look to stockpile pitching talent to keep up with the likes of the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West. 

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