Fried, who will pitch in the same rotation as Lucas Giolito in 2012, stands a projectable 6-foot-4 and combines consistent mechanics with athleticism and above-average velocity that reaches 92 miles per hour. His changeup and curveball each figure to be average or better offerings, and when the smoke clears, Fried could hear his name called shortly after Giolito somewhere in the top half of the first round.
--Jason A. Churchill
UCLA Release, Nov. 11, 2011
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Montclair Prep (Van Nuys, Calif.) under head coach Rick Weber ... transferred to Harvard-Westlake (Studio City, Calif.) in the summer of 2011 after Montclair Prep eliminated its athletics program ... went 7-3 with one save and a 1.31 ERA, 100 strikeouts and 38 walks in 69.2 innings as a junior (2011) ... at the plate, batted .360 with four home runs and 30 RBI ... earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division V honors as a junior and sophomore (2010) ... secured first-team All-Alpha League honors as a junior ...led Montclair Prep to the CIF Division V quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2010 ... went 10-3 with a 1.81 ERA on the mound as a sophomore, totaling 76 strikeouts and 51 walks in 73.1 innings ... batted .446 as a sophomore, recording four home runs, two triples, eight doubles, 40 RBI and 33 runs ... earned Olympic League Most Valuable Player honors as a sophomore and second-team All-Olympic League acclaim as a freshman (2009) ... competed in the 2010 and 2011 Area Codes Games at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. ... ranked No. 18 in Perfect Game USA's list of the top 300 prospects eligible for the 2012 MLB Draft ... listed by Baseball America as one of the top 20 prospects at the 2011 Perfect Game National Showcase ... selected to USA Baseball's 18U National Team Trials Roster in June 2011.
Head Coach John Savage: "Max is a talented left-handed pitching prospect who will pitch immediately in our program. He has a legitimate arm along with a hard breaking curveball. Max is one of the best athletes in this class."