Left-hander Max Fried, the Padres' No. 2 prospect, made his season debut Thursday, throwing one inning for the rookie-level Padres in the Arizona League. The game was suspended in the fourth inning due to strong winds.
Fried, ranked No. 35 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, missed the first three months of the season due to forearm soreness.
Pitching against the Cubs on Thursday, Fried allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one batter and didn't issue a walk, a detail he chose to focus on after his outing.
Total outings with out a walk: 2013) 1 2014) 1 #progress- Max Fried (@MaxFried32) July 4, 2014
The Padres selected Fried with the seventh overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Harvard-Westlake High School in Los Angeles. He spent last season with Class A Fort Wayne, where he went 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA in 23 starts. Fried struck out 100 batters and walked 56 in 118 2/3 innings.
Before his injury, Fried had been expected to move up to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore this season.