- 1-1 LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic HS (California).
- CB-3 OF Derek Fisher, Virginia.
- 2-1 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky.
The Astros chose high school pitcher Brady Aiken in the first round of the draft. While the pick wasn’t a complete surprise, it is somewhat of a risk for the Astros as high school pitchers don’t always pan out.
Apparently the Astros went to the wire with the selection. Aiken says he learned about the #1 pick on television. The Astros will also pick #37 and #42.
Houston is already capitalizing on the third consecutive #1 pick. Brady Aiken jerseys are already on sale.
NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon fell to the White Sox at #3 after signaling that he would want a bonus upwards of $6 million.
Obviously, many point to the David Clyde and Brien Taylor failures as a reason teams should steer clear of high school pitchers with the top pick. College pitchers like Rodon, Mark Appel and others generally are considering safer picks as they are closer to the major leagues.
For the Astros, however, selecting a high school pitcher with the first pick may have as much to do with the flow of talent through the system as anything. Considering the potential bottleneck of arbitration-eligible and near-free-agent players later this decade, Aiken would likely not be arb-eligible until next decade.
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