Indians reach minor-league deal with top draft pick Aiken

CLEVELAND — The Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Brady Aiken, their risky first-round pick in this year’s amateur draft.

Cleveland took a gamble on the 18-year-old, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery and won’t pitch until 2016.The Indians are enamored with his potential and confident he can be a top-tier major leaguer.

Aiken was selected by Houston with the overall first pick last year after going 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 11 starts as a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was unable to work out a contract with the Astros and had surgery in March.

Cleveland said he has completed his medical evaluation and is rehabbing at the team’s training facility Goodyear, Arizona.