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Scouting Reports from Brooks Baseball.
Max Fried: Max Fried has thrown 2,531 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2017 and 2019, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2019, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (94mph) and Curve (75mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph). He also rarely throws a Change (85mph).
His fourseam fastball is a real worm killer that generates an extreme number of groundballs compared to other pitchers’ fourseamers, is straight as an arrow, has some natural sinking action and has well above average velo. His curve has an exceptional bite, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ curves and has slight glove-side movement. His slider sweeps across the zone, results in somewhat more groundballs compared to other pitchers’ sliders and has some two-plane movement. His change is an extreme flyball pitch compared to other pitchers’ changeups, is much firmer than usual, has slight cut action and has some natural sink to it.
Sean’s Note: After a great start to the season Fried has come back to Earth in his first full year in the majors. His control has improved but his strikeouts are also way down. A high batting average on balls in play indicates he may have had some bad luck. Right handed hitters have 10 of the 11 homers hit against the big left hander. He threw six one-hit innings against the Cubs this April in a win.
Final Thoughts: Tempers definitely flared during the Cubs 8-3 win on Monday night. Tyler Flowers isn’t playing, but Willson Contreras is so keep an eye on that. Adbert Alzolay makes his first career start after an excellent debut relief appearance.