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Astros, first round pick Brady Aiken agree to $6.5 million bonus

Jun 7, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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The Astros and first round pick Brady Aiken have agreed to a $6.5 million bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports. Aiken, a left-handed pitcher taken first overall out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, ties Jameson Taillon — selected by the Pirates in the first round, second overall, in the 2010 draft — for the largest bonus given to a high school pitcher.

Aiken represented the Astros’ third consecutive first overall pick. They selected shortstop Carlos Correa first overall in 2012 and pitcher Mark Appel last year.

  1. jeffa43 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Stros are going to be good for a long long time…

    True Stros fans are rejoicing.

    • ud1951 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      I am not one, but have many friends who are. The Stros are already showing signs of life and will be back on the big stage sooner than most think. Maybe too early to rejoice, but at least they can drop the paper bag hoods and frowns.

    • zackd2 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:18 PM

      Long long time is stretching it. That implies either a steady stream of talent (Rays) or retaining your own free agents.

      Will they be good in a few years as these guys get promoted? Yes
      Will they be good for the next decade? Uh a bit optimistic

    • stex52 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      Here’s to no more #1 draft choices. Still building the team for another year. After that, I hope they have a problem with never getting low draft numbers.

    • pinkfloydprism - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Just like the Rays… they were the number 1 pick many times, and had a great run recently.

  2. jcmeyer10 - Jun 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Only a year or two before the Astros will have paid more in first round signing bonuses over the last few years than in total salary for their entire big league team.

  3. shawnuel - Jun 8, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Okay….slag me if you must but…..as a fantasy player whose league allows 8 players on each team’s farm system but won’t allow you to pick up a player until he is actually signed……..have they just agreed in principal to a bonus or have the Astros signed Aiken to a contract?

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Not quite yet.

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