San Diego, CA- The epidemic of Tommy John surgeries continue to sweep across the game of baseball and arguably the most affected franchise in the San Diego Padres continues to suffer, as according to Corey Brock of Padres.com Padres Top Pitching Prospect left-handed pitcher Max Fried will need Tommy John surgery.
Brock reports that Max Fried will now undergo surgery next Wednesday and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.
Max Fried missed the first half of the season due to soreness in his left forearm that he first felt in February during spring training for the Padres. Fried pitched in two games in the Arizona League last month before reporting to Fort Wayne. Fried made his debut for the TinCaps on July 4th before being shutdown again with elbow soreness.
Fried had a solid season for the Fort Wayne TinCaps last year going (6-7) with a 3.49 ERA in 118 2/3 innings with 100 strikeouts. Fried was supposed to take the next step in his development and pitch in High-A Lake Elsinore this season, before experiencing issues with his elbow.
The Padres drafted Max Fried out of High School with the seventh overall pick in 2012 MLB draft and he is the No. 2 prospect in the Padres system.
Max Fried when they used the 7th overall pick on him in the 2012 draft. After 2 seasons of minor league ball, he has certainly opened some eyes, earning himself a spot on all the major publications top 100 lists. He finds himself 53rd on Baseball America, 43rd by MLB.com and 55th by Baseball Prospectus, and ScoutingBook.com had this to say about him.
Max Fried ranked as one of Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects last season and this season, placing 53rd on this year’s list at age 20 after striking out 100 batters in 119 innings at low Single-A in 2013.