Max Fried, the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft, came out with a win tonight. He pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned), while striking out five in an 8-3 TinCaps victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits.
However, Fort Wayne manager Jose Valentin wasn't completely jazzed with the performance of the up-and-coming pitcher in the San Diego Padres' organization.
“Fried was pretty much battling,” Valentin said. “He went five innings but it wasn’t easy for him there. His tempo looked too slow. He’d get behind the count and was lucky he could make the pitches when he had to.
“It’s a situation where you can’t afford to go up there and give up 2-0 counts to every hitter. At the higher levels, they’re going to make you pay. You might get away with it now, but … you’ve got to work for it and be aggressive with the hitters.”
Valentin said a lot more on the subject of Fried -- a lot -- and you might be interested in watching the whole video which is in this post. Sounds like some frustration with Fried.