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Astros number one pick Brady Aiken has “an elbow ligament issue”

Jul 7, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT

Remember that story in Sports Illustrated a couple of weeks ago about the Astros’ being the “2017 World Series Champs?” Well, that was an on-paper thing. Baseball has this habit, however, of not playing out on paper. And the biggest off-paper thing are pitcher injuries. Like this:

That’s some seriously bad news for both Aiken and the Astros.

Bad news for Aiken in that he had agreed to a $6.5 million bonus with Houston, and now that looks to be in jeopardy.

Bad news for the Astros in that he’s the third straight number one overall pick for the Astros and the third straight to experience a bump in the road. They selected shortstop Carlos Correa first overall in 2012 and pitcher Mark Appel last year. Correa fractured his leg last month and is out for the season. Appel has struggled in the low level minors and has recently had a bout with thumb problems.

You can draft perfectly and develop perfectly, but sometimes the fates don’t want to comply.

  1. jeffa43 - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Well, that sucks…

  2. thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:53 PM

  3. randygnyc - Jul 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Didn’t he sign already? If so, how can a discount enter into the discussion? It can’t, as far as I’m concerned.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Agreed to the deal, never signed.

  4. stex52 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    No, I don’t think the contract was finalized. At least I don’t remember the big signing on that one. They are probably in a position to renegotiate the terms. In fact I’m guessing this was part of the due diligence. But hell, if it’s just the old TJ thing, let’s get it done now. He’s 18. They will hardly notice the extra year. He wasn’t going to be pitching at MLB anytime soon.

    As to Appel, I think not so much on the “develop perfectly” part. It is generally being noised around that bringing him back too quickly from his appendectomy and some of this piggyback pitching they do at the minor league levels may have damaged his progression. They were talking about seeing him late this year. Not so much talk about that now.

    • carpi2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Bob Costas remarked on the notion of clubs drafting kids, who they knew may have UCL issues, with the mindset, as you suggested, “better to get it out of the way now.” Additionally, it allows the team to sign the kid on a discounted rate, since he’s damaged goods.

  5. tomass1947 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    When it rains, it pours

  6. echech88 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    So he’ll get TJ surgery and they get a discount. From what we know about that front office they’re probably happy.

    • echech88 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      Maybe they’ll offer him a 12 year/$20M deal now.

      • dondada10 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        That would be interesting. The last 7 years or so would have to be option years, obviously.

  7. Bob - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    It’s called karma. It’s karma for agreeing to a move to the AL. It’s karma for not competing and playing for 1-1 (and they’ll have it again in the 2015 draft). It’s karma for running around telling everyone how smart you are with shifts and analytics (and I’m on board with analytics, but the Astros brass wants you to believe they invented them). It’s karma for piggyback tandem pitching and any of this other goofy crap that has caused more problems than it’s solved. And it’s for ownership still not having a TV deal two years after the fact.

    If Jim Crane is too damn cheap to run a major league organization, sell it to someone else. Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s time to quit operating like they’re based out of Lubbock.

    • stex52 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I started to argue with you, but I couldn’t. Only change: Karma and stupid dealings are not the same thing. They just haven’t been very bright about how they do things. I expect we are just in for TJ surgery. But signing Aiken could turn out to have been too clever by half.

      Oh yeah, I know what it is. It’s that damn Sports Illustrated Cover Curse. They didn’t know about that?

    • rohlo - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      the tv deal is not cranes fault..blame thta on drayton mclane who had that set in place before crane bought the for the AL thing i hate it,but thats not cranes fault either..if he says no we are not movign then hitler, i mean selig doesnt apporve the sale of the team and we would still be sitting around waitinf a new owner and prob 2 years further back than we are now..atleast wit hcrane buying the team they have been able to move forward..i felelmuch better about the future then i did 3 years ago..

  8. miguelcairo - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Again, you don’t have to throw 98-99MPH to be successful.

    • carpi2 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:20 AM

      But it helps!

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