Braves prospect Max Fried has more experience than most pitchers in the Arizona Fall League, and it’s showing.
The left-hander has been perhaps the most impressive pitcher in the first week of play in the prospect-laden league.
Fried, 23, allowed just one hit one hit and one walk in five scoreless innings Monday in his second start for the Peoria Javelinas. That gave him a league-high 11 strikeouts with two walks and four hits allowed in eight scoreless innings.
In nine late-season major league games (four starts) for the Braves, Fried posted a 3.81 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks in 26 innings, including a 3.44 ERA as a starter.
That despite having no experience above Double-A before he was promoted to the majors in early August.
Eight Braves prospects – four pitchers, four position players -- are on the Peoria AFL roster including another of the Braves’ top young arms, right-hander Touki Toussaint, who has eight strikeouts with two walks and no hits allowed in four scoreless innings over his first two appearances.