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Brady Aiken | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (18) / 8/16/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 207
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians have signed first-round pick Brady Aiken.
It's not clear at this point what Aiken will receive as a signing bonus, but the recommended slot value for the No. 17 overall pick is $2.3936 million. Aikin, of course, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2014 but didn't come to terms with the Astros in a well-publicized disagreement over an elbow concern. Aiken since had Tommy John surgery and won't pitch competitively in the Indians' system likely until around midseason of next year. Jun 19 - 11:59 AM

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Indians picked 2014 No. 1 overall pick LHP Brady Aiken with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

It’s a surprising pick for the Indians, who clearly are gambling on upside after filling out their system with a host of high-probability, first-round picks last year. There were a lot of concerns about Aiken’s long-term health after he underwent Tommy John surgery in late March. The 18-year-old left-hander, who didn’t sign with the Astros last year as the No. 1 overall pick, showed elite stuff prior to the injury, with a plus fastball that reached 96 mph as well as two plus secondary offerings. And the fact that he also projects for plus command makes Aiken all the more attractive. The recommended slot value for the No. 17 overall pick is $2,393,600.
Jun 8 - 8:58 PM

Brady Aiken underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

Last year's No. 1 overall pick left his first outing with IMG Academy last Thursday with an arm injury, and now everyone's worst fears have been realized. Aiken, of course, didn't sign after being picked by the Astros but had a shot to again be the No. 1 pick in 2015. The young lefty will now be sidelined for the next year-plus, but it's still possible he's a first-round pick in June.
Mar 26 - 6:52 PM

Brady Aiken left his first start with IMG Academy on Thursday after just 12 pitches.

No word on why he left the game, but John Manuel of Baseball America writes that "rumors that he's not 100 percent right physically have persisted all spring." Aiken, of course, was selected No. 1 overall by the Astros last June before they pulled their initial offer off the table after the pre-signing physical reportedly revealed an elbow issue. The two sides failed to reach an agreement, so Aiken is pitching with IMG Academy in advance of reentering the draft this year. Stay tuned.
Mar 19 - 4:52 PM

Brady Aiken will pitch for Florida-based IMG Academy's post-graduate team this spring.

Aiken was selected first overall by the Astros in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, but the two sides failed to come to an agreement. Houston initially made him a $6.5 million offer but then pulled it off the table after a pre-signing physical revealed some sort of issue in the left-hander's pitching elbow. Aiken should be one of the top picks in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft if he proves to be fully healthy. He's still only 18 years old and won't turn 19 until August. Houston can't draft him again.
Feb 26 - 12:01 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was told Wednesday that there is "nothing at the moment going on with" the Astros and 2014 top overall pick Brady Aiken.

Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs reported last week that the Astros might still be able to strike a deal with Aiken, even though the July 18 deadline to sign draft picks has long since passed. But that was apparently a misunderstanding. Heyman hears that the Astros are trying to work something out with Jacob Nix, a fifth-round pick who went unsigned after the Aiken negotiations fell through. Nix filed a grievance, and would seem to have a pretty solid case.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 05:06:00 PM

According to Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs, the Astros could still strike a deal with No. 1 pick Brady Aiken.

The Astros failed to sign the high school left-hander after drafting him first overall in June because they lowered his bonus offer after finding some problems with his elbow in a pre-signing physical. But McDaniel is hearing from people "close to the negotiation" that the Houston front office might wind up reaching a deal with Aiken around the time of Jacob Nix's grievance hearing. Nix was a fifth-round pick who went unsigned due in large part to the failed Aiken talks. It's MLB's discretion whether to allow these players to sign after the stated July 18 deadline.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 12:34:00 PM

MLB.com's Jim Callis reports that the Astros have failed to sign No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken.

Not only did they fail to sign Aiken, they also didn't sign fifth-rounder Jacob Nix and Mac Marshall. The Astros seem convinced that Aiken is dealing with a real issue with his pitching elbow and wanted him at a discount, while Aiken's camp contended that the hurler was just fine physically. The 'Stros reportedly upped their offer to $5 million, but advisor Casey Close held firm at the originally agreed upon $6.5 million bonus. Aiken is the third No. 1 overall pick ever not to sign and the first since 1983. The Astros will receive the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft as compensation for not signing Aiken. The lefty is committed to go to UCLA, but he instead could head to junior college before re-entering the draft next year.
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 05:17:00 PM

A person with knowledge of the situation told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that Brady Aiken has a "cut-and-dry" issue with his left ulnar collateral ligament.

It sounds like Aiken might have an abnormally small UCL, and even though it's not damaged, the Astros are contending that it makes him more at risk going forward. "He may have some (of the UCL), but not much," Drellich's source said. Aiken's advisor, Casey Close, is claiming that Aiken is perfectly healthy and worth every penny of the previously agreed to $6.5 million bonus. The Astros are willing to offer the lefty $3.16884 million. The two sides have until Friday afternoon to work things out.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 07:37:00 PM

Brady Aiken's advisor, Casey Close, criticized both the Astros and MLB for the way the team has handled negotiations with the 2014 No. 1 overall pick.

The Astros are said to be using a medical concern, specifically about an abnormality with Aiken's elbow ligament, to leverage him into accepting a lower bonus. This would enable them two of their other draft picks. The two sides initially agreed to a $6.5 million bonus, but their revised offer now sits at $3,168,840, the minimum amount required to ensure that they would receive the No. 2 pick in 2015 as compensation if they fail to sign Aiken. "We are extremely disappointed that Major League Baseball is allowing the Astros to conduct business in this manner with a complete disregard for the rules governing the draft and the 29 other clubs who have followed those same rules," said Close. There's a lot of work to do in order to get a deal in place before Friday's deadline.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 10:26:00 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, 2014 top overall pick Brady Aiken has an elbow issue and the Astros are now looking to get a $1.5 million discount on his deal.

MLB.com's Jim Callis reported on June 7 that the two parties had agreed to terms with a signing bonus of $6.5 million, but the elbow issue was presumably discovered during Aiken's pre-signing physical. The Astros never made their agreement with Aiken official, so there's room still for renegotiation. The 17-year-old left-handed starter was selected No. 1 overall on June 5 out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 01:54:00 PM

The Astros and Brady Aiken have agreed to a $6.5 million bonus, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.

The two sides were reported to be close, and the minute details appear to have been finalized. The $6.5 million, while tied for the highest ever for a high school pitcher, is much lower than the assigned $7,922,710 for the draft slot. Aiken will get to work shortly, but he shouldn't be expected in the majors until 2016 at the earliest.
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 06:33:00 PM

According to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart, the Astros are nearing a deal with first overall draft choice Brady Aiken.

Aiken's dad, Jim, said a deal is "pretty much done." Brady Aiken told McTaggart the two sides have "pretty much got it locked down," but the Astros aren't commenting on any potential deal. The assigned slot value for the first selection was $7,922,710, so the 17-year-old is about to get paid in a big way.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sat, Jun 7, 2014 05:41:00 PM

Astros selected high school LHP Brady Aiken with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Aiken is the first prep pitcher to go first overall since the Yankees took Brien Taylor in 1991. Aiken throws 94-97 mph with a curveball as his No. 2 pitch and a changeup. He's also working on a cutter. The Astros tend to go slowly with their prospect, so expect Aiken to remain in the minors until at least 2017 even if he blossoms as hoped.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 07:14:00 PM

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