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2014 MLB Draft: Astros make high school LHP Brady Aiken first overall pick

Jun 5, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT

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Picking first for the third year in a row, the Astros went where no team leading off the draft had gone in over 20 years, making high school left-hander Brady Aiken the first overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Aiken is the first prep pitcher taken No. 1 overall since the Yankees went with left-hander Brien Taylor in 1991. Taylor, who seemed well on his way to justifying the hype initially, famous flamed out after hurting his shoulder in a bar fight.

Aiken follows high school shortstop Carlos Correa (2012) and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel (2013) as No. 1 overall picks to join the Houston farm system, as the Astros became the first team ever to draft first three straight years by virtue of having MLB’s worst record each time. Prior to 2005, that would have been impossible, since it was alternated by year whether the AL’s worst team or the NL’s worst team got the No. 1 pick.

Aiken, 17, is a SoCal native with a 94-97 mph fastball, curve and changeup. He told he’s also working on a cutter. “The goal is to just maintain my command and velocity, and hopefully I can work in a fourth pitch like that [cutter],” he said.

The Astros will surely go slowly with Aiken, and it’s doubtful he’ll reach the majors prior to 2017 even if everything goes as hoped.

  1. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    “Aiken, 17, is a SoCal native with a 94-97 mph fastball, curve and changeup. ”

    That’s all well n good but what’s his girlfriend look like?

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    • moogro - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Nice speedball.

  3. hittfamily - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Good god. Kolek throws 101 in high school! What do you do if you are 16 years old and the guy before you gets drilled? It doesn’t even seem fair!

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      Just hope the guy before you is the one he blows out his arm pitching to.

  4. moogro - Jun 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Better get TJ and bar fight insurance.

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