Born: August 16, 1996|
San Diego, California
Brady Aiken (born August 16, 1996) is an American baseball player who was drafted by Major League Baseball's Houston Astros with the first overall pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign with the team. He currently attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida as a postgraduate student.
Aiken attended Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. Aiken pitched for the 18U United States national baseball team in 2013 and helped lead the team to gold in the 2013 18U Baseball World Cup. He started the gold medal game and pitched seven innings with 10 strikeouts and giving up only one run. In February 2014, he was awarded the USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award for his play.
Aiken was considered one of the top prospects heading into the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. In March 2014, he was ranked by Keith Law as the top prospect for the draft. The Houston Astros selected Aiken with the first overall selection of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. After issues arose with his health, elbow inflammation in his throwing arm, and disputes over an adjusted signing bonus, Aiken was unsigned when the July 18 deadline elapsed. He was the first number one overall draft pick not to sign since Tim Belcher in 1983. On August 27, it was reported that the Astros could still sign Aiken, as the other 29 MLB teams agreed to allow the use of a clause in the draft which negates the deadline. It was also reported that, if he were to sign, Aiken would insist on a sign-and-trade deal.
In February 2015, Aiken enrolled at IMG Academy's postgraduate baseball program, making him eligible for the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft and also joining him with Jacob Nix, who was also drafted by and failed to sign with the Astros in 2014. Aiken was removed in the first inning of his first start for IMG, citing elbow discomfort. On March 26, Aiken announced that he has undergone Tommy John surgery after being told he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
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- Adams, Steve (July 18, 2014). "Astros Fail To Sign Aiken, Nix, Marshall". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
- Perry, Dayn (August 27, 2014). "Reports: The Astros may still be able to sign top pick Brady Aiken". cbssports.com. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
- "Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John". espn.go.com. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)