PHOENIX -- Fresh off of play in the Arizona Rookie League, pitching prospect Max Fried, the club's No. 1 pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, stopped in at Chase Field to get a glimpse of his future.
Fried's immediate past is quite impressive. The teenager did allow a run and gave up only four hits in his last four outings, a span of 7 2/3 innings, but has not walked a batter in his last five appearances. Overall, he went 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA and six walks in 17 2/3 innings during 10 games (nine starts) for the Padres' rookie team.
"It's just a matter of adjusting to the lifestyle of playing professional baseball, every day and the grind," he said. "Towards the end, I really focused on not walking anyone and throwing strikes."
Fried, who roomed with Malquiel Brito in the Arizona Rookie League, said he is going to take a few days off before the start of Instructional League.