The Atlanta Braves called up Max Fried ’12 from their Double-A affiliate to join the team’s bullpen August 5.
Fried was the seventh overall pick in the MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres in 2012, but his first appearance with the Braves will be his major league debut. The left-handed pitcher is the Braves’ No. 10 prospect, known for his curveball and mid-90’s fastball.
Over the course of his minor league career, Fried has accumulated a 4.30 ERA, 8.6 K/9 IP and .252 opponent batting average. Having been placed on a pitch count, throwing between 45 and 65 pitches in his last three outings, his ERA has declined markedly. The former top-10 pick has not given up a run over his last 10 innings in three starts since returning from the DL.
Before being traded to the Braves in 2014, Fried underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament. Recurring blisters have also plagued him in recent years. Fried told Fox Sports: Atlanta that he was “shocked and surprised” by his first call up to the majors.
With the Braves trailing by 12 games in the wild-card race, Fried is part of an effort to build for the future. The Braves optioned reliever Jason Hursh to the Gwinnett Braves to make room for Fried.