Houston Selects Pitcher Brady Aiken With Top Pick in MLB Draft

The Houston Astros selected high school pitcher Brady Aiken with the top pick in Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

Aiken, 17, a left-hander, went 7-0 with a 1.06 earned run average in 11 starts in his senior season at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.

Aiken led the U.S. to the gold medal at the 18-and-under World Cup in Taiwan last September. He won both of his starts, including a victory in the championship game against Japan in which he allowed one run in seven innings and struck out 10.

“We’ve been following Brady Aiken for a while now and we feel that he is a young, dynamic, high-upside, left-handed pitcher,” Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said last night in a statement released by MLB.

Aiken is the first left-handed pitcher selected top overall in the draft since Tampa Bay took David Price with the No. 1 pick in 2007. Price, a three-time All-Star, won the American League’s Cy Young Award in 2012 as the league’s top pitcher.

“It was a crazy moment, it’s been a fun experience,” Aiken said in an interview with MLB Network.

The Miami Marlins took right-hander pitcher Tyler Kolek, 18, from Shepherd High School in Texas, with the second pick in the draft, and North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon, 21, went third to the Chicago White Sox.

A record-tying 20 pitchers were taken in the opening round.

The New York Mets, picking 10th, chose Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, a two-time Pac-12 conference player of the year. The New York Yankees did not have a first-round pick, and selected Mississippi State relief pitcher Jacob Lindgren in the second round.

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