Cleveland signs former No.1 overall pick Aiken
After a long, winding road, Brady Aiken has finally signed with a major-league team.
The former No. 1 overall pick signed with the Cleveland Indians on Thursday, the team that selected him 17th overall in this year’s MLB Draft.
The Houston Astros selected Aiken with the first pick in the 2014 draft, but could not reach agreement on a deal with him after protracted negotiations.
Aiken recently underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, so he won’t pitch again until next year.
Despite his injury, the Indians are enamored with Aiken’s talent and believe he’s worthy of a first-round pick.
"Our scouts did a really good job and spent a lot of time evaluating Brady over the past two years," Indians scouting director Brad Grant said on a conference call after drafting Aiken. "We’re very excited to have the opportunity to select a player as talented as Brady with the character of Brady as well. With Brady, we have a big 6-foot-4 left-handed starter, a player who’s up to 95 with his fastball, very good life to it, plus curveball, a feel for a slider, a changeup and a very, very good strike thrower. He has a lot of the delivery elements that we look for and we like and we look forward to partnering with Brady in the future."
Based on MLB’s Draft slotting system, Aiken’s signing bonus is projected to be $2,393,600.
Aiken was 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 11 starts as a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego.
The Indians have already given Aiken a physical and he’s at their spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz. rehabbing his elbow.