Thursday, June 5, 2014

With the 1st Overall Pick in the 2014 Draft...

The Astros select...

Brady Aiken, 6'4" 205lb LHP out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. He's 17 years old, one of the youngest draft-eligible prospects this year, and won't be 18 until the fall. His fastball hovers in the 92-94mph range (hitting 97mph) with a plus curve and the beginnings of a solid changeup.

MLB.com:
(Aiken) already has a complete repertoire of pitches, and the command needed to locate each one. On top of that, he has the smarts to work through a lineup multiple times and the resolve to make sure he isn't satisfied with marginal successes.

Aiken's HS coach Gary Remiker:
Brady has a very unique combination of amazing talent that gets demonstrated every time he pitches and a great head on his shoulders.

Minor League Ball:
Comparisons to Cliff Lee and Clayton Kershaw will be heard. These are not foolish but would be the high end of his potential.

In 59.2IP for Cathedral Catholic, he allowed 27H/9ER, 111K:15BB for a 1.06 ERA/0.70 WHIP (if those things mean anything in high school).

Last summer Aiken pitched for Team USA's Under-18 World Cup team in Taiwan, in which he struck out ten batters and allowed just one run to win the Gold Medal. Aiken is the first high school lefty pitcher to be selected with the #1 overall pick since Brien Taylor in 1991.

Aiken:
Since the beginning of the year, my goal was to be the best player in the country.

Aiken is represented by Casey Close, who negotiated Masahiro Tanaka's contract with the Yankees.

Luhnow:
It's an opportunity, and we want to get it right. We believe we did.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really like this pick. I was hoping it would be him or Kolek. But we need LHP in the minors. It would be great to see the Astros draft very high ceiling guys in the draft since they have so much depth. That's my opinion.

Anonymous said...

I like that they are layering the minors. If we took Rodon, who is great, it would create an even bigger logjam in the upper minors quick. We need to have our talent layered. Aiken is at a great age. We can take our time and hopefully see him at 21 yrs old in the majors or later if he needs the time. We don't need another Lyles being rushed!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if they get him for 5.5 -6 million so they can land other high talent. Ok... what's the thought for the supplemental pick?

Anonymous said...

I am hanging out for Nick Burdi with the supplemental pick. That is if the TJ survivors are not already off the board.

Anonymous said...

I really think he can make the majors in 2.5 years. He looks really polished for a high schooler.

Anonymous said...

What do you think the odds are that we go 3 pitchers for the 1st three picks?

Anonymous said...

What do you think the odds are that we go 3 pitchers for the 1st three picks?

Anonymous said...

Why would the Astros go with a reliever in the top three rounds?