Max Fried finds a new home

Max Fried played in the 2010 and 2011 Area Code Baseball Games. He will have a new high school next Spring when he heads to Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.). Scott Kurtz/ESPNHS

According to the Los Angeles Times, Max Fried will play his senior year at Harvard-Westlake (North Hollywood, Calif.). Over the summer, Fried's former school Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, Calif.) dropped its athletic program. This allowed Fried, as well as other athletes, to seek a new school this fall.

"Because both school and sports are important to me, I decided to explore the opportunity to pursue both at another school. Harvard-Westlake represents the best balance of academics and athletics and I am excited to begin my senior year there," said Fried on LATimes.com.

Fried stands in at 6-foot-4, 170 pounds and is up to 95 mph from the left side.

The Harvard-Westlake rotation just got that much stronger, and that is saying a lot since their work horse going into the 2012 season is Lucas Giolito. He has been up to 98 mph and is even bigger than Fried at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds.

North Hollywood is going to be the center of baseball in Southern California this upcoming year and will be a scout's paradise with these two guys at the same school.

These are two nationally recognized pitchers, playing in the 2010 and 2011 Area Code Baseball Games presented by New Balance and both played in 2011 Perfect Game All-American Game presented by Rawlings in San Diego.

This may be the best 1-2 punch in the San Fernando Valley in the past 10 plus years.

With these two guys on the same team, expectations are going to be high. On paper, who is going to beat them?

This may bring in more pre-season hype to the 2012 season in California than did Edison (Huntington Beach, Calif.) did at the beginning of the 2011 year. The Chargers had Henry Owens, Tim Lopes, Christian Lopes and Eric Snyder on their roster. All nationally heralded players in their won right.

This pair may mean Harvard-Westlake starts the year highly ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50 National Rankings, when they are released next Spring.