Top Pick Analysis: Padres Take Fried

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at San Diego's top selection.

Max Fried

Position: Pitcher
School: Harvard-Westlake H.S. (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 170
Bats/Throws: L/L

Expert's Take:

The first thing you notice that really separates Fried is the big, sharp breaking ball. It's a true plus offering and he already shows a good feel for it. It helps that he's a projectable lefty that cranks it up to 93-94 mph very consistently, but the feel for the breaking ball makes him a more rare commodity. Fried has some delivery issues he could afford to tweak and his fastball command will need to improve, but otherwise he's a fairly polished and mature high school arm.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"There's a lot of projection with this kid. But, I like the fact that the present stuff is already very good. He was up to 94 mph this spring and sits 90-92. That breaking ball is a true plus pitch too. He's got everything you look for in a prep lefty."

Ceiling: #2 Starter (7)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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