Top pick Fried signs with Padres

The San Diego Padres agreed to terms of a $3 million contract

with left-hander Max Fried of Harvard-Westlake High School in

Studio City, who was taken with the seventh pick overall in the

amateur draft.

Fried went 8-2 with a 2.02 ERA, 105 strikeouts against 29 walks

his senior year. The 18-year-old also played in the Perfect Game

All-American Classic last year at Petco Park and was rated as the

top left-handed pitcher by Baseball America among all players in

the 2012 draft class.

Fried is just the third high school pitcher selected by the

Padres with their first pick since 1987 and the sixth left-hander

ever taken with the Padres’ first pick in the June draft.

He had committed to play for UCLA.