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Birth Date1-18-1994
Height6' 4"
Weight190 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 7 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2017 ATL MLB 9 4 26.0 1 1 0 30 12 22 3 93 10.4 4.2 1.0 7.6 65% .338 1.62 4.83 3.81 98 4.79 101.9 0.2
2018 ATL MLB 14 5 33.7 1 4 0 26 20 44 3 91 7.0 5.3 0.8 11.8 53% .315 1.37 3.62 2.94 90 3.31 73.9 0.7
2019 ATL MLB 33 30 165.7 17 6 0 174 47 173 21 101 9.5 2.6 1.1 9.4 55% .336 1.33 3.66 4.02 82 3.42 70.1 4.2

Statistics for All Levels

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2012 PDR Rk AZL 10 9 17.7 0 1 0 14 6 17 1 105 7.1 3.1 0.5 8.7 0% .277 1.13 4.34 3.57 93 2.58 53.7
2013 FTW A MID 23 23 118.7 6 7 0 107 56 100 7 112 8.1 4.2 0.5 7.6 0% .304 1.37 4.03 3.49 109 5.05 109.6
2014 FTW A MID 2 2 5.7 0 1 0 7 2 2 1 101 11.1 3.2 1.6 3.2 0% .316 1.59 6.12 4.76 124 6.50 137.6
2014 PDR Rk AZL 3 3 5.0 0 0 0 8 3 8 0 14.4 5.4 0.0 14.4 0% .533 2.20 2.61 5.40 0 0.00 0.0
2016 ROM A SAL 21 20 103.0 8 7 0 87 47 112 10 104 7.6 4.1 0.9 9.8 52% .306 1.30 3.96 3.93 104 4.29 94.7
2017 ATL MLB NL 9 4 26.0 1 1 0 30 12 22 3 93 10.4 4.2 1.0 7.6 65% .338 1.62 4.83 3.81 98 4.79 101.9
2017 MIS AA SOU 19 19 86.7 2 11 0 88 43 85 8 96 9.1 4.5 0.8 8.8 53% .331 1.51 4.08 5.92 104 6.11 130.1
2017 GWN AAA INT 2 2 6.0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0 93 1.5 3.0 0.0 9.0 67% .083 0.50 2.34 0.00 92 2.51 53.5
2017 PER Wnt AFL 6 6 26.0 3 1 0 15 8 32 1 5.2 2.8 0.3 11.1 0% .237 0.88 2.99 1.73 0 0.00 0.0
2018 ATL MLB NL 14 5 33.7 1 4 0 26 20 44 3 91 7.0 5.3 0.8 11.8 53% .315 1.37 3.62 2.94 90 3.31 73.9
2018 MIS AA SOU 2 2 11.3 1 0 0 4 4 16 0 91 3.2 3.2 0.0 12.7 67% .190 0.71 1.60 0.00 61 1.80 38.1
2018 GWN AAA INT 13 13 66.3 2 6 0 66 30 71 4 98 9.0 4.1 0.5 9.6 58% .343 1.45 3.55 4.61 93 4.93 104.2
2019 ATL MLB NL 33 30 165.7 17 6 0 174 47 173 21 101 9.5 2.6 1.1 9.4 55% .336 1.33 3.66 4.02 82 3.42 70.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2017 426 0.4671 0.4085 0.7759 0.5980 0.2423 0.8908 0.5273 0.2241
2018 571 0.4904 0.4151 0.6540 0.5571 0.2784 0.7756 0.4198 0.3460
2019 2667 0.4773 0.4653 0.7389 0.6324 0.3128 0.8509 0.5321 0.2611

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-22 - Minors - - Left Elbow Surgery Tommy John Surgery 2014-08-20
2014-02-20 2014-03-30 Camp 38 0 Left Forearm Strain Flexor Mass - -


Year Team Salary
2023 ATL $13,500,000
2022 ATL $6,850,000
2021 ATL $3,500,000
2020 ATL $583,500
2019 ATL $565,000
2018 ATL $
2017 ATL $
4 yrPrevious$11,498,500
5 yrPvs + Cur$24,998,500
5 yrTotal$24,998,500


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 148 dCAA1 year/$13.5M (2023)

  • 1 year/$13.5M (2023). Lost arbitration with Atlanta 2/4/23 ($15M-$13.5M).
  • 1 year/$6.85M (2022). Won arbitration with Atlanta 6/22/22 ($6.85M-$6.6M).
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2021). Re-signed by Atlanta 1/15/21 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$583,500 (2020). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/20.
  • 1 year/$565,000 (2019). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/19.
  • 1 year (2018). Re-signed by Atlanta 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Atlanta 11/18/16. Re-signed by Atlanta 3/17.
  • Acquired by Atlanta in trade from San Diego 12/19/14.
  • Drafted by San Diego 2012 (1-7) (Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.). $3M signing bonus (slot amount).

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2020-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some pitchers you're targeting in dynasty for contending teams that have a killer offense but meh staff. Im headlined by Bauer Greinke Marquez Woodruff with solid closers in a 14 tm 31 active 15 minors h2h roto. Have a ton of ammo in the minors to spend.
(Chansen8895 from Salt Lake City)
Target the olds (Scherzer, Verlander, Morton, Darvish, Price, etc.). They come at an age-related discount in dynasty leagues and can provide excellent short-term production. If you want arms with more staying power (youth) absent the high cost of players like Jack Flaherty, then I like Mike Soroka, Frankie Montas, Max Fried, Zac Gallen, Julio Urias, and even Dylan Cease. (Jesse Roche)
2019-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Not a question, just wanted to share a cold hard lesson in trash talk. Last week I threatened to "stomp" the first place team in my league. I was joking, but having just stolen Miles Mikolas and Max Fried from another owner, I felt confident. Anyway, he blasted me by 250 points, dropped me to 5-6, and ended my season. Oh and to make matters worse, he won't even trade me good players for my awesome prospects, like Austin Beck. Sigh. The lesson here is, just don't talk trash, I guess.
(Haddy from Minnesota)
Since this isn't a question I will add some notes to my response to Phillip earlier:

I was told David Roher's Boxball project might be a good start, as well. Rob McQuown also said to feel free to use the contact form and send him a message if you're looking for advice on SQLing and other tasks like that. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)I'll post the requisite Braves question(s). What kept Austin Riley and Max Fried off the list? How close was Pache? Why do you hate my TEAM?!?!?!
(Lawgiver from Kentucky)
Austin Riley has just never been my jam, although Javi loves him and Javi knows his shit. Fried looked better in the majors than the minors, but I'd like to see him put together a full healthy season of good pitching at some point. Pache is another guy that probably makes a 150, though I like him less than the industry generally. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain the order of the Braves' pitchers? Even with questions about his fastball, Allard ranks ahead of Soroka (with his excellent command, AND above average stuff), Wright (a 1-1 candidate), and Gohara (the hardest throwing lefty starter in baseball). This is not to mention Wentz and Max Fried. Why this order and those omissions?
(Phillip from Elsewhere)
Sure. We like Soroka, but he doesn't have anything as good in the arsenal as Allard's curve, and the stuff is just really above-average across the board. That said, they were close enough on the list you could flip them if you like. Wright's arm action worries me more than others I guess, and it's not huge upside. We are less confident Gohara is a starter long term. And I've loved Wentz since his amateur days and he's done nothing to dissuade me in the pros. Fried I covered earlier, but dude had a 6.00 ERA in Double-A. I know don't scout the stat line, but there is high reliever probability there too. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-11-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could you rank these 4 and give any insight into their future: Sean Newcomb, Erick Fedde, Max Fried, Anthony Banda.
(Cole Whittier from Pasadena, CA)
I think you probably have the right order (I am ride or die with Newcomb). Could make a case for Fried over Fedde and I think that's the tightest tier here. Fedde and Fried more likely to be relievers than Banda, but the stuff is just better. I still think Newcomb can be a no. 3 (and yeah I know what I just said about Stephenson) (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)Max Fried and Luiz Gohara? Any consideration for either in the Top 50 - would they be in Top 101?
(Alex from CT)
Gohara more than Fried. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Max Fried or Nick Kingham end up as #2s?
(Eric from (CA))
Fried certainly could. We didn't quite get him there this year, but those OFPs aren't carved into stone. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Can we get your thoughts on some diverse group of prospects: Yohander Mendez, Ronald Guzman, Jacob Faria, Tyler O'Neill, & Max Fried? Can we see any of them this year in the show & should we be buying or concerned in there early season performance?
(Bob from Northern Hemisphere)
I've had High Desert come to town twice already and managed to miss both Mendez and Luis Ortiz both times. Very good reports on Mendez though, his performance has been legit. Guzman's doing things this year that I did not think he was going to get to a place to do. My report on him from last year is below. He spent most of his season lost last year, was tinkering with his setup every time I saw him & never showed any signs - in BP, in games - of an ability to turn on the ball with authority. O'Neill looks like Mr. Universe and has some requisite stiffness in his swing, but effort so far's confirming that it wasn't all Bakersfield's toy store dimensions last year. I don't have any updates on Fried from this spring, sorry. David Lee was lukewarm on Faria in a recent writeup.

Faria: (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can we get your thoughts on some diverse group of prospects: Joe Musgrove, Ronald Guzman, Jacob Faria, Tyler O'Neill, & Max Fried? Can we see any of them this year in the show & should we be buying or concerned in there early season performance?
(Bob from Northern Hemisphere)
Well, that certainly is a diverse group of prospects. The only one I would say is going to make an impact in 2016 is Musgrove, he was just promoted to Triple-A after dominating in Corpus Christi. Really impressed with O'Neill's start, the approach has improved a lot over this first month. Fried is struggling to throw strikes (common theme!) but like Fedde, some rust to shake off there, he needs to just stay healthy. But yeah, the guy who is gonna make an impact in 2016 is Musgrove. I was too low on him this preseason. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Craig! Curious how you went about considering high-upside players coming back from long injuries - such as Max Fried - where presumably there is not a lot of recent information.
(leites from New York)
These are always difficult circumstances in terms of determining where someone ranks in a situation like this. My personal approach is to put the tools aspect of the evaluation in stasis, until we have more information on what they look like on the field. Beyond that, he likelihood of reaching their ceiling receive temporary dings just due to unknown risk, until we can see what they look like again, and re-adjust. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)If Jameson Taillon proves to be healthy, what kind of ceiling do you see with him. Same for Max Fried, knowing its a hard spot to judge players that havent pitched in 2 years
(Ken from Cleveland)
Hard to find a riskier pitching prospect than Fried, who's coming back from Tommy John. While he still possesses the ceiling of a number two starter, the odds of him realizing that potential are significantly diminished from where they were pre-surgery. Assuming the velocity returns, he's got the arsenal to succeed, but his command (his BB/9 numbers have always been high) still needs work. He's only 22, but he's missed a ton of developmental time, which is a huge concern to me. As far as Taillon, I'm always the lowest one in the room on him...His six starts at Triple-A were just mediocre to me last year. (George Bissell)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, what side would you rather have? Ian Kennedy or Max Fried & Jameson Taillon?
(Jordan Miller from Michigan)
I like Kennedy a lot, but there's the question of whether or not he gets traded to a less friendly home park.

Taillon and Fried represent a lot of upside but a lot of risk too. I'd probably keep Kennedy who has always been a favorite of mine. (Jeff Long)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is all hope lost on Max Fried?
(Dino Bravo from Quebec)
Absolutely not. He's 21 years old, please be patient. The stuff is very, very good from the left side. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Does Max Fried have the potential to move into the top 25 with a strong 2nd half?
(Nils from CT)
That seems high. Securely in the top 50 with a rebound. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Love your articles, thanks for hosting another chat! What SP prospect do you think has more long term value/projects better, Max Fried or Kohl Stewart?
(dzemens from Michigan)
Thanks! I think Stewart has more potential but it's a tight one between the two. (Mauricio Rubio)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jason! Who do you think you'll rate higher in your Top 10 prospect list for the Padres: Matthew Wisler or Max Fried? Who has the higher ceiling?
(Nick from Williamsburg)
Wisler will rank higher; Fried has a slightly higher ceiling. Hedges is the alpha of that system, though. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Max Fried's status changed at all or can he still be one of the top LHP prospects in the game very soon?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Hasn't changed for me. He's in the developmental process. Bumps and bruises along the way. I like the arm. He's not a monster in the Kershaw or Price mold, but he is going to develop into a good major league arm down the line. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Matt Wisler now a top 100 (or even top 50) guy? Has he surpassed Max Fried?
(Jeff from Bay Area)
Top 100 for sure. He was on the border of our mid-season top 50 rankings at BP this year. So I imagine he'll be in that discussion again this offseason. As far as passing Fried, I think Fried may have a tick higher ceiling but there's an argument to be made about Wisler's polish and likelihood of becoming a no. 3 starter. (Jason Cole)
2013-08-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who in the Padres system do you see as a potential number 1 ace going ahead towards the future?
(Brad from San Diego)
Don't see a future ace in the system, although they are loaded with impressive arms. Highest ceiling is probably LHP Max Fried. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jason! What kind of pitcher do you see Max Fried being in the majors? Does he have the ceiling to become a monster front line starter? Thanks!
(Nathan from Oakland)
I don't see a frontline starter, but I do like the arm and the ceiling is high. He has a very good fastball from the left side, and big curveball with a lot of depth. He needs to have sharp command to get swings on a pitch like that or he will be in trouble. I've seen the CH flash as well, and I think a mid-rotation (or better) ceiling is very possible. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Max Fried be the top lefty propsect in baseball by this time next year? Do you like him or Guerrieri better?
(Scout from San Diego)
Guerrieri by just a little bit, and yeah, Fried has a chance to be that. When you think about it, so many of the top arms in MiLB right now are right-handers. Fried has big potential, and he's doing well for himself this season. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)How high is Max Fried's ceiling? Could he be a monster? Thanks for the chat!
(George from Tampa)
My pleasure, George. Thanks for coming out and joining me! Fried has some crazy potential and could be a frontline starter when all is said and done. He's going to be cruising up prospect lists as this season goes along. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)When all is said and done, will Max Fried end up the better pitcher than Lucas Giolito?
(Asking For a Friend from Chicago)
Probably not. Giolito could be a dangerous individual. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Max Fried end the year? Start next year?
(Jeff from San Juan)
They don't need to rush him. He could stay in Low-A all season and start next year in Double-A. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you seen Robert Stephenson or Max Fried? Thoughts? Thanks for chat.
(stevenpsu78 from york, pa)
I saw Stephenson during extended spring training last year (Parks saw him in camp this year), and I saw Fried during AZL last year and again this year in camp. My look at Stephenson was quick, but he showed a big fastball (93-94-ish then, it has since jumped) with serious late life. I got a one-inning look at Fried in camp. You have to like the delivery, long limbs, and all that. He sat 90-92 but popped 94 when needed with excellent feel for his curveball. The total package is just a little rough around the edges (there's nothing wrong with that, considering he's just out of high school), but everything you want to see in a big young lefty is there. (Jason Cole)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Santana and Max Fried for Billy Hamilton and George Springer. Which side of the trade would you rather be on?? Thanks!
(Josh from Boulder)
Carlos Santana and Fried. (Jason Cole)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Brandon asked about under the radar guys in A ball... thoughts on Max Fried?
(Patty from NJ)
Fried is anything but under the radar at this point, but I'm a huge, huge fan. Think he'll be the top left-handed pitching prospect in the minors by the end of the year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)took over a clunker in a dynasty league and decent SP is non-existant on the wire. was able to trade for and pick up some SP prospects (archer, gausman, taillon and cingrani). any other young guys i should target? just missed out on wheeler. my trade chips are ellsbury, morse and papelbon.
(phin from Milwaukee)
Target the next wave of potential studs. Max Fried, Aaron Sanchez, Archie Bradley and Taylor Guerrieri are all potential top-25 prospects next year. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)How much did you see of Max Fried this spring? Any new thoughts from the observations?
(JoeTetreault from Carrollton, TX)
I think I saw three starts, which is quite a bit given my schedule. He looked sharp each time. The delivery is very easy and repeatable; he worked 89-93 with ease and could get more when he wanted it; the CB is a legit plus pitch with a big break; the CH flashes plus potential. He's a very advanced arm for his age. I was impressed. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Max Fried? Strong start to the year.
(nubber from nubville)
I adore Fried, but it will take a while. I'm looking forward to following his progress in a way that I haven't since probably Mat Latos came through the Padres system. (Geoff Young)
2013-03-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is the Max Fried comparison to Kershaw legit or is that just because they were both prep lefty's? How do their curveball's compare?
(padremurph from San Diego)
It's probably the tall lefty prep thing. Comps are often based on silly stuff (and way too many are race/nationality based) Reports on Fried's curveball are excellent. I'm yet to see him myself so I can't really compare him to Kershaw. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-03-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Enjoying SP Guide--great material. 5x5 ten team dynasty: 15 keeper and 10 minors. Spent couple years prospecting: who are the gold nuggets and who are the fool's gold? Jose Fernandez, Jameson Taillon, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Zimmer, Max Fried, Lucas Giolito. Thank you
(nictaclacta from phoenix)
You've got lots of potential gold. If I **knew** who was fool's gold out of that, I'd have a much different job. I can tell you who I love from that group and it's Fernandez. I've always been a Taillon guy. Very excited to see full seasons out of Gausman and Zimmer. Btw, no mention of Bundy isn't because of any dislike, but rather bc he speaks for himself. He looks like a future star. (Paul Sporer)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Max Fried have #1 starter potential?
(Shawn from Snow Storm)
Shawn, Jason Parks puts Fried's ceiling at no. 2, which is special. Of course, it's a long way from here to there. He'll need more than 18 innings to show us what, exactly, he is. (Geoff Young)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the better pitcher in 5 years: Max Fried or Kevin Gausman?
(Jon from Kentucky)
What's up, Jon?

Everything I've read about Fried is very impressive, but Gausman is probably the safer choice as a college draftee. Again, this is just going off of what I've read; that might be a fun debate for our prospect team. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment of Kevin Gausman, Max Fried, and Kyle Zimmer? Who has the most upside? Thanks.
(Jacob from San Diego)
Jacob, I haven't seen any of the pitchers in person so I'm going off second-hand info here. I've heard a ton of good things about Fried, but it wouldn't surprise me if, in five years, either Zimmer or Gausman is viewed as the best pitcher of the trio. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good is Max Fried? Saw him against my son's high school team this year and was easily the best HS pitcher I have ever seen in Southern California.
(Ida from Pasadena, CA)
Hi Ida, thanks for joining us today. I haven't seen Fried myself but I've heard great things. I think the Padres top 10 prospects list is coming soon. (Geoff Young)
2012-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the top arms in last year's draft do you feel will experience the most success at the big league level? Max Fried, Kevin Gausman, or Kyle Zimmer? Thanks for the chat!
(Bill from San Diego)
Bill, nobody can know! There is no value added in my opinion. I am sorry to give such a lousy answer to this question, but there is absolutely no information that is publicly available that could ever answer this question in a satisfactory way, and even the very smartest people can't predict much. Brandon Beachy wasn't drafted. (Sam Miller)
2012-11-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were to redraft the 2012 class, how would you round out the top 10?? Thanks!
(Derek from Kansas City)
Thanks for participating, Derek! I think it is a little too early to reshuffle the deck on the 2012 draft, as until players get into a full season you're not sure of how well they will adjust to the pro game. I am a huge fan of Max Fried. Keep in mind that the new CBA rules were involved for the first time also. (Dan Evans)
2012-09-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've gotten lucky enough to see Max Fried on more than occasion and he made me #wet. Have you heard any reports on him?
(Kevin from NY)
I've seen two reports, so small sample. The reports were mixed; one source wasn't all that impressed with the FB. It's very early. I look forward to seeing him soon. (Jason Parks)

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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Max Fried has thrown 12,488 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2023, all of them occuring in Spring Training. In 2023, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (74mph), also mixing in a Change (86mph), Slider (85mph) and Sinker (93mph).