Ranked as the organization's No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, Fried will now undergo UCL reconstruction surgery next Wednesday -- termed Tommy John surgery -- and will likely miss the entire 2015 season.
"Any time a young pitcher anywhere, regardless of what organization he's in, a guy just getting started, especially [high school guy out of the] Draft, that's tough," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The way the surgeons are in today's day and age, and the success rate of Tommy John, we have to hope for the best in the future with Max and hope that he's one of those many pitchers that comes back from Tommy John and resumes his career and pitches to the potential that all our scouts believe he can pitch to."
Fried, 20, posted a 3.61 ERA in 38 appearance (37 starts) over 147 innings during his first action in professional baseball.
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.