It sounds like a broken record, but another night has passed and yet another Rome Braves starter has hurled another impressive performance. Max Fried dealt a dandy last night, striking out 13 en route to Rome’s first South Atlantic League Championship in 13 years.
Max Fried was the big chip acquired by the Atlanta Braves in the Justin Upton deal two offseason ago. Just 20-years old at the time of the trade, Fried was one of the most exciting left-handed prospects in baseball, hovering around the Top 50 slot just two years after being drafted seventh overall by the San Diego Padres.
The only problem was, Fried was coming off Tommy John surgery and wouldn’t pitch at all last season.
Coming off of two scoreless outings, I headed out to Rome to check out Fried’s recovery in person and I caught up with him after the game to discuss life as a Brave.
The Atlanta Braves are tough to watch right now. When you look over their April schedule, it doesn’t appear that it will get any better anytime in the near future.
Remember though, Tomahawk Faithful, that was the plan. What Braves fans should be happy about is that their big names on the farm that are part of this big rebuilding process are off to a great start.
My latest prospect profile from Today’s Knuckleball takes a look at one of the first pieces acquired under the John Hart Era of Braves baseball. Max Fried was the centerpiece of the Justin Upton deal. A year after sitting out from Tommy John, he was back on the mound. How did he do?