Astros select prep lefty Brady Aiken No. 1 overall

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Houston, TX, United States (4E Sports) – The Houston Astros drafted 17-year old left-hander Brady Aiken with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said the team considered six other players for the No. 1 pick before turning to Aiken.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Aiken appears to be the whole package — size, poise and a good feel for pitching.

“The tools are in place to get a front-line starter, a big left-hander in our rotation for a long time,” scouting director Mike Elias said.

Aiken, drafted out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, is the second consecutive pitcher that Houston has taken with the No. 1 overall pick, joining right-hander Mark Appel. It’s also the second time in three years the Astros have drafted a 17-year-old with the top pick, joining 2012 top pick Carlos Correa.

Aiken posted a 7-0 record and a 1.06 ERA in 11 starts in his senior season. He was a 2014 Perfect Game first team All-American and an All-Region first team California.

He led Team USA to the gold medal at the 18-and-under World Cup in Taiwan last September by winning both of his starts, including a championship-game performance against Japan in which he struck out 10 and allowed one run in seven innings.

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