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.