Max Fried

Max Fried

30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Atlanta Braves
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Fried was a highly targeted pitcher by fantasy managers during 2023 draft season, and he pitched to expectations when he was out on the mound. The problem for fantasy manager is Fried was only able to make 14 starts while missing more than half the season with hamstring, forearm, and a blister issue to wrap up the regular season. Fried looked fantastic around the injuries winning 8 of those 14 starts with career-best 26% strikeout rate and finally hitting that 20% K-BB% benchmark. The career 53% groundball rate pitcher also posted a career-best 58% groundball rate last season. There is zero performance concerns for Fried in 2024, but the forearm strain from last year happened and the lefty has exceeded 170 innings just once in his career. This season is Fried's last with Atlanta before he is eligible for free agency and the fact the extension-happy Atlanta has not yet signed Fried to a deal appears to speak volumes as to what they think of his future healthwise. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $15 million contract with Atlanta in January of 2024.
Rocked in no-decision
PAtlanta Braves
April 6, 2024
Fried was charged with eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits and one walk over 4.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks on Saturday. He struck out five.
ANALYSIS
Fried didn't make it out of the first inning in his first start of the season against the Phillies and he barely made it out of the first frame in this one, getting bludgeoned for six runs on seven hits and a walk. He deserves some credit for mostly settling in after that, and Atlanta's offense eventually got him off the hook by scoring nine runs over their final five innings. Fried will surely right the ship and be fine, but it's undoubtedly been a frustrating start to the season for him and for his fantasy managers.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
70
Last 10 Games
70
Last 5 Games
70
How many pitches does Max Fried generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Max Fried generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-33%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .218 224 57 16 45 4 0 3
Since 2022vs Right .240 852 199 38 193 30 2 17
2024vs Left .571 8 0 1 4 0 0 0
2024vs Right .381 24 6 3 8 1 0 1
2023vs Left .205 52 15 7 9 0 0 1
2023vs Right .249 259 65 11 61 8 0 6
2022vs Left .206 164 42 8 32 4 0 2
2022vs Right .231 569 128 24 124 21 2 10
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
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-64%
ERA at Home
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-56%
ERA on Road
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-5%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.10 1.22 142.1 10 5 0 8.0 2.2 0.8
Since 2022Away 2.44 0.94 125.2 12 3 0 9.2 1.4 0.5
2024Home 14.54 2.54 4.1 0 0 0 10.4 2.1 2.1
2024Away 40.50 7.50 .666666 0 0 0 13.5 40.5 0.0
2023Home 3.86 1.42 30.1 2 1 0 7.1 2.7 1.2
2023Away 1.71 0.95 47.1 6 0 0 10.6 1.7 0.6
2022Home 2.42 1.11 107.2 8 4 0 8.2 2.1 0.7
2022Away 2.55 0.88 77.2 6 3 0 8.3 0.8 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Max Fried compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.50
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
7.2
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
94.1 mph
 
ERA
18.00
 
WHIP
3.20
 
BABIP
.576
 
GB/FB
3.25
 
Left On Base
34.2%
 
Swinging Strike
6.4%
 
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Contract extension unlikely
PAtlanta Braves
January 15, 2024
Fried is unlikely to sign a contract extension with Atlanta before reaching free agency next offseason, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The two sides have not engaged in any noteworthy discussions regarding a long-term deal and Bowman doesn't believe the timing is right for that to change anytime soon. Fried, who turns 30 on Thursday, will make $15 million in 2024 in his walk year and is poised to receive a lucrative long-term contract next winter, provided he has a healthy, successful season. The left-hander did miss ample time in 2023 with forearm inflammation but finished the season healthy.
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If you bought into Fried after the 2021 season, you were handsomely rewardef for your beliefs in 2022 as he matched his efforts with some slight improvements in outocomes to match his 14-7 record while shaving half a run from his ERA. Fried continues to shine as an exemplar for pitchers without elite fastball characteristics can excel in this league. Fried does an outstanding job with his fastball location to then keep hitters off balance with breaking balls and offspeed pitches generating both high volumes of soft contact as well as enough swings and misses for a better than average strikeout rate for a starting pitcher. We are often coached about the perils of building around starting pitching on fantasy rosters, but few pitchers have as high a floor as Fried does even if his ceiling is about as high as it can go in most scoring categories. Wins are truly the only variable here.
Fried picked up where he left off in 2020, and by season's end, he had a World Series ring. The southpaw will likely find himself in the top 15-20 pitcher conversation this draft season. Fried worked six or more complete innings 19 times in 2021 -- including two complete-game shutouts -- earning a decision in 14 of those 19 outings with his usual stinginess with walks and home runs thanks to his ability to generate groundballs in bunches. His postseason was bookended by six-inning scoreless outings, holding up a quality start and two unsightly outings against Houston and Los Angeles. It is worth watching to see how Fried bounces back from working nearly 195 innings in 2021, but that is really the only area of any concern with this talented lefty. Fried's curveball continues to be his meal ticket as the league has hit .185 off the pitch over the past three seasons with just four homers.
Fried slid seamlessly into the ace role for Atlanta after Mike Soroka went down with an Achilles tear in early August. The lefty was a perfect 7-0 during the regular season, allowing a mere two homers in 56 innings (4.9% HR/FB). He does not throw his fastball particularly hard or with much spin, but it's effective nonetheless and does its job setting up one of the best curveballs in the game. Fried's curveball had a 31.2 Whiff% in 2020, with opponents combining to hit just .175 against the pitch. While his third pitch is another variation of the breaker -- a slider -- it's good enough and distinct enough that it gives him a third unique look, compensating for the lack of a fully developed changeup. His O-Swing% and SwStr% portend a better strikeout rate than his 22.3% mark from last season and the team context is favorable, so expect the 27-year-old to be a popular SP2 target during draft season.
A strong spring coupled with injuries to Atlanta's rotation allowed Fried to break camp as the team's fifth starter and the lefty never looked back. He wound up making 30 starts and three relief appearances, finishing with 17 wins -- good for second most in the NL -- and 173 strikeouts across a career-high 165.2 innings. Much of Fried's success can be attributed to his improved control (2.6 BB/9) and updated repertoire; he ditched his changeup in favor of a slider that held opponents to a .240 wOBA, which he paired with his solid fastball and a curve which is one of the best in baseball. While his 4.02 ERA was unremarkable, the underlying numbers suggest Fried deserved better (3.72 FIP, 3.42 xFIP), as his batted-ball profile (53.6 GB% and 4.4 Barrel%) did not support his high home-run rate (1.1 HR/9). His team context is favorable and his rotation spot is safe; you're justified in getting aggressive.
Fried put together a decent run with the Braves last year, but it was a small sample, and he worked primarily out of the bullpen with the big club (five starts in 14 total appearances). His larger body of work as a starter at Triple-A left something to be desired; Fried finished with a 4.61 ERA in his 13 starts for Gwinnett, though the underlying numbers were more encouraging (24.4 K%, 3.56 FIP). Even with those better peripherals, Fried was still seen as a long shot to break camp in the big-league rotation, but he did just that, beating out the likes of Touki Toussaint and Kyle Wright in spring training. The curveball is his best pitch, but Fried has also gained some steam on his fastball, now averaging 94 mph. A Tommy John survivor, Fried has maxed out at 118.2 innings and the team has made it clear that it will take measures to limit Fried's innings later in the season. How exactly the Braves go about doing that remains to be seen.
Fried debuted in the big-league rotation in September, but if he could have been developed on a perfect timetable, he may not have made his big-league debut until late 2018. Unfortunately, he missed significant developmental time in 2014 and 2015 recovering from Tommy John surgery, and needed to be added to the 40-man roster after 2016 -- when he spent the entire season at Low-A. This, coupled with the insane pitching depth in the Braves' system, accelerated his timetable, leading to an assignment to Double-A in 2017, skipping High-A altogether, and a brief two-start run at Triple-A before reaching the majors. Suffice to say, he is not quite ready to consistently get big-league hitters out. On the bright side, the 6-foot-4 southpaw has a two plus pitches in his fastball and curveball, and he figures to start the year at Triple-A, thanks to some veteran additions to the rotation. He still has No. 3 starter upside, but needs to improve his changeup and his command.
For the past two years, Fried has been more myth than substance, undoubtedly testing the patience of his dynasty league owners. He missed most of 2014 and all of 2015 due to Tommy John surgery. At 22, he was a couple years older than most of the high-end talent at Low-A, but that was his assignment, as he was closer to 19 or 20 in baseball years. Fried's repertoire, which features a low-to-mid-90s fastball, plus curveball and average changeup that flashes plus, proved too much for Low-A hitters to handle, leading to a 26.4 percent strikeout rate. As with most pitchers in their first year back from elbow surgery, Fried's command and feel took a while to return to form, but judging from his second half, he was back to resembling a future No. 3 starter by year's end. The 6-foot-4 southpaw notched a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 52:11 K:BB in his final 38.2 innings.
Fried did not pitch in 2015 following Tommy John surgery in August of 2014. Drafted seventh overall out of high school in 2012, he was the centerpiece in the deal that sent Justin Upton to San Diego last winter. Before suffering the UCL injury, Fried mostly struggled between rookie ball and Low-A, but the results so far hardly matter as he was just 20 years old when he threw his last in-game pitch. Standing 6-foot-4 and 170 pounds, Fried features three pitches which project as average or better in time, with his low-to-mid 90s fastball and biting curveball both having the potential to be plus offerings, and he has shown a strong feel for a changeup as well. His command and control are still works in progress, and may be the last things that return to him following reconstructive elbow surgery (as is typical). The rebuilding Braves will be sure to monitor Fried's pitch counts and workload throughout the year, but if Fried can avoid any further elbow issues and even flash his potential in 2016, his prospect star will be back on the rise.
Fried experienced elbow soreness in February, and while it appeared as though he would be ready to contribute at High-A at some point during the season following rest and rehab, he tossed just 10.2 innings in 2014 before he was shut down in late July with the nagging injury. He underwent Tommy John surgery in August, which will likely table his development for the bulk of 2015, although it's possible that he will be far enough along in his rehab to log time in the Arizona Fall League or in winter ball. When the Padres drafted him ninth overall in 2012, Fried drew comps to Cole Hamels and Clayton Kershaw, boasting a low-90s fastball, a cutter, and an excellent curveball as a teenager. Traded to the Braves as part of the Justin Upton deal in December, Fried will continue his rehab with a new organization this season. The ceiling is high enough to consider stashing him away in dynasty leagues, even though it's now unlikely that he'll pitch in the big leagues before 2017.
Fried, the Padres' 2012 first-round pick, exhibited some control issues in his first full professional season at Low-A Fort Wayne, posting a 4.3 BB/9 over 23 starts (118.2 innings). Drafted out of high school, Fried is polished for his age and he offers an outstanding arsenal -- featuring an elite curveball and developing changeup as secondary offerings that he utilizes effectively off of his four-seam and two-seam fastballs. He's also a very projectable left-hander with a 6-foot-4 frame. The left-hander posted a shiny 2.09 GO/AO mark in his full-season debut, which offsets his 7.6 K/9, although he's expected to miss more bats as he continues to refine his stuff.
The seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft, Fried pitched only 17.2 innings in the Arizona Rookie League, before calling it a year. Scouts are most impressed by the lefty's command and his curveball. In 2013, expect Fried to be among the most heavily followed prospects in the Padres' system as he has the physical build and potential of an elite starting pitcher. Considering the possibility for a limited workload in his first full professional season, Fried may be held back at extended spring training before getting his first exposure to the Midwest League.
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Gets early hook Saturday
PAtlanta Braves
March 31, 2024
Fried recorded only two outs Saturday against the Phillies before being lifted, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one. He came away with a no-decision.
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Fades late in Monday's start
PAtlanta Braves
March 20, 2024
Fried gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk over six inning in Monday's Grapefruit League start against the Rays. He struck out four.
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Settles with Atlanta at $15 million
PAtlanta Braves
January 11, 2024
Atlanta and Fried avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million contract Thursday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.
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Will return for Game 2
PAtlanta Braves
Finger
October 6, 2023
Fried (finger) will start Monday against the Phillies in Game 2 of the NLDS.
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Remains on track for NLDS Game 2
PAtlanta Braves
Finger
October 4, 2023
Fried (finger) remains on track to start Game 2 of the NLDS on Monday after throwing five innings in a simulated game Tuesday, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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