Padres take prep lefty Fried in draft
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have taken left-hander Max Fried out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City with the seventh overall pick in major league baseball's amateur draft.
Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA and 105 strikeouts against 29 walks and 43 hits allowed in 66 innings his senior year.
The 18-year-old played in the Perfect Game All-American Classic last year at Petco Park and was rated as the top left-handed pitcher by Baseball America among all players in the 2012 draft class. He has committed to play for UCLA.
Fried becomes just the third high school pitcher selected by the Padres with their first pick since 1987 and the sixth left-hander ever taken first overall by the Padres.