Given their 2011 numbers, a combined 16-4, 1.21 ERA, 178 K’s and 1.07 WHIP, it was no surprise that Baseball America named High School Seniors, LHP, Max Fried and RHP, Lucas Giolito to their 2012 Preseason All American Team.
At 6’3 and 210, Max Fried has a mid nineties fastball and command of three pitches. That explains why he had 100 Ks in 70 innings and also why he is expected to be selected near the top of the 2012 MLB Draft. I would be surprised to see the Oakland A’s pass on him with the #11 overall pick
Giolito, at 6’6 and 230, is trailing ONLY Stanford standout Mark Appel in the 2012 MLB draft charts and rankings. With a fastball that has recently been clocked at 100 miles per hour, many Mock Drafts have him being selected #2 overall by the Minnesota Twins.
Both of these pitchers have commitments to UCLA and currently anchor the best starting staff in recent high school history (There is an awesome video in that link) at Harvard-Westlake in Southern California, so don’t be shocked if they follow the paths of Justin Smoak and Reese Havens who turned down pro careers out of High School to attend South Carolina together.