2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Max Fried
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
Sometimes a breakout occurs with a change in repertoire yet flies below the radar in fantasy. Last year, Max Fried added a slider to his arsenal in the second half, causing an increase in his strikeouts. During the first half, Fried worked 98.2 innings with a 22.8 strikeout percentage, 6.8 walk rate, 4.29 ERA, 3.98 FIP, 1.41 WHIP and 10.9 swinging strike percentage. After the break, Fried introduced his slider resulting in a 27.4 strikeout percentage, 6.5 walk rate, 3.63 ERA, 3.39 FIP, 1.20 WHIP, and 12.4 swinging strike percentage his last 67 innings. Over his last 50.2 innings with increased slider usage, Fried increased his swinging strike percentage to 12.9 percent, his strikeout percent to 28.9 and lowered his FIP to 3.23. Pretty, pretty good.
All told, Fried won 17 games in 2019 but works in the shadow of teammate Mike Soroka . This means a unique buying opportunity on a southpaw with strikeout upside in the upcoming season. Fried owned a 17.9 strikeouts-minus-walks...