Fried and Giolito are first-round selections
Surrounded by family and friends at an Encino restaurant, left-handed pitcher Max Fried of Studio City Harvard-Westlake looked up at the television screen and heard Commissioner Bud Selig announce his name as the seventh overall selection in baseball’s amateur draft.
“Honestly, it’s all a blur,” Fried said Monday night. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Fried was selected by the San Diego Padres. His Harvard-Westlake teammate Lucas Giolito was selected No. 16 overall by the Washington Nationals, ending a day of uncertainty for the 6-foot-6 right-hander.
“No one had any idea where I’d go,” Giolito said. “I could have gone anywhere. To go that early feels really good, especially after my arm was injured. I had a huge question mark next to my name.”
Giolito sprained an elbow ligament in March after being clocked throwing a couple of fastballs at 100 mph. He was considered a candidate to be the No. 1 pick until the injury ended his senior season.
The Houston Astros selected 6-foot-4 shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico with the No. 1 pick. The 17-year-old has accepted a scholarship to Miami, but the recommended bonus for the No. 1 spot is $7.2 million.
Outfielder Byron Buxton, from Appling County High in Baxley, Ga., went second to the Minnesota Twins.
The Dodgers, drafting 18th, chose 6-4 shortstop Corey Seager from Northwest Cabarrus High in Kannapolis, N.C. He was the Gatorade North Carolina player of the year after hitting .519 with 10 home runs and is the younger brother of Seattle Mariners infielder Kyle Seager.
The Angels’ first pick won’t come until Tuesday when they select No. 114 overall.
In the compensation round, Upland infielder Daniel Robertson, a UCLA signee, went to Oakland at No. 34. USC signee Shane Watson, a pitcher from Lakewood, went No. 40 to Philadelphia. The Dodgers chose shortstop Jesmuel Valentin from Puerto Rico at No. 51. His father, Jose, played in the majors. UCLA outfielder Jeff Gelalich went to Cincinnati at No. 57.
UCLA Coach John Savage can claim Fried and Giolito as Bruins, but it remains to be seen for how long. Both signed with UCLA in November.
Some might wonder whether Savage is secretly a consultant for the Padres, since they drafted UCLA signees Austin Hedges and Joe Ross last year and spent $5.5 million to sign them and will likely need to spend about $3 million to sign Fried.
“The Padres got us again,” Savage said. “I’m happy for Max. From where he was a year ago to where he is now is pretty awesome.”
Fried, who’s Jewish, considers Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax his baseball hero. He wears Koufax’s No. 32 and throws a curveball patterned after Koufax’s.
“It’s just something I’ve been wanting to do since I was 5 years old,” Fried said. “Ever since my first Dodger game, I’ve wanted to play professional baseball. Now that the opportunity is here, it’s something I’m going to embrace and really enjoy.”
Clubs have until 2 p.m. PDT on July 13 to sign prospects.
“We’ll see how negotiations play out and what’s a fair deal,” Giolito said.
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Pitchers Max Fried and Lucas Giolito of Studio City Harvard-Westlake High are the third set of teammates to be selected in the first round from the same Southland school in the last six years.
A look at the others and how they are doing:
* Gerrit Cole, RHP: First pick, Pittsburgh. Now at Bradenton, Fla. (high A). Has 4-1 record, 2.53 ERA.
* Trevor Bauer, RHP: Third pick, Arizona. Now at Reno (AAA). Combined 9-1 record, 1.96 ERA at Reno/Mobile (AA), Ala.
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* Mike Moustakas, SS: Second pick, Kansas City. Now a third baseman with Royals. Batting .285 with 9 HRs and 27 RBIs.
* Matt Dominguez, 3B; 12th pick, Miami. Now at New Orleans (AAA). Batting .225 with 4 HRs and 29 RBIs.