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Astros restocking again, starting with Brady Aiken at #1


Astros Picks

  • 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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About Chip Bailey

Chip Bailey lives in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO, and wakes up each morning to the tallest spot in the region, Pikes Peak. He is an author and former sports editor and sportswriter who has followed the Astros for more than 50 years. A native of another picturesque city, Natchitoches, La., Chip enjoys watching baseball at most any level, especially pro and college. Several years ago, he worked as an associate of Pastor John Bosman, who enjoyed giving nick names to his staff. Pastor Bosman came up with Chipalatta, and it has stuck.

14 comments on “Astros restocking again, starting with Brady Aiken at #1

  1. rj
    June 5, 2014

    aiken! i thought rodon would be a safer pick, but im ok with this.

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  2. kevin
    June 5, 2014

    Like it- seems like a good kid and we probably saved some cash to spend on next 2 picks MLB slots him behind Correa on the farm

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    • kevin
      June 5, 2014

      # 2 ahead of Appel

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  3. 1oldpro
    June 5, 2014

    In the last few days I have been reading over and over ” three plus pitches and the best command of any pitcher in the draft.” So that tells me this kid will move faster through the minors, like Correa, because command is something we wait for forever to happen. Appel has stuff but has not been able to command it in pro ball yet.
    But!. Professional hitters will just pound away at good stuff and command can disappear. The best pitchers are the ones who face the best hitters and don’t lose command by panicking when they get hit.
    I like this pick and so do the experts. Aiken had moved to the top of everyone’s board in the last month.

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  4. daveb
    June 5, 2014

    I wouldn’t use Clyde as a good example. He pitched Westchester High School in Houston to the state finals in 1973 by winning the semi. In those days, he threw just about every other game, and went the distance. I don’t think there are any real records out there for how many innings he pitched at Westchester that year, but after he threw 93 innings more for the Rangers THAT season, his arm was pretty much shot. He might have saved the Rangers franchise by filling the old park in Arlington every time he went out that summer, but he was ruined. That could not happen today.

    Aiken seems like a very mature kid, and as Kevin noted earlier, the experts seem to think he’s far advanced for a 17 year old with three already good pitches.

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    • Astro45
      June 5, 2014

      Was at that game and only tickets I could get were down the 1st base line. When Clyde came out to warm up, Chuck Estrada, the pitching coach was actually adjusting his mechanics in the bullpen. When he got to the Rangers, he could still pitch.

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  5. Devin
    June 5, 2014

    It’s tough to comment on HS kids I’ve never seen, but I love what I read on Aiken. As for Fisher, I didn’t realize he was a top round prospect. I don’t think he was healthy when I saw UVA early in the year. I was hoping we could pull in Gatewood after he fell so far…but again I’ve only seen highlights. AJ Reed did it in a loaded conference. Good looking hitter.

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    • 1oldpro
      June 5, 2014

      Reed isSec POY and NCAA Player of the Year. Led nation in HR’s(23), walks, OBP, rbis and had 12 wins on the mound for KY. Single mom w/ diabetes, and wants to help her with his signing bonus.

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      • JohnM
        June 6, 2014

        How did Reed fall all the way to 42? I bet Astros were shocked. He has good chance to win the Golden Spike Award and was just a monster in the best college conference. But as glowingly as they speak of him, they chose another player at #37, so what does that say for how they feel about Derek Fisher (besides being a two-sport star )? We can watch him starting today at 11:00 on ESPN2 in super regional.

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  6. Kevin
    June 5, 2014

    Hmm just signed Singleton, have Gregor, and now another college 1B. I wonder what there thinking?,

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    • 1oldpro
      June 5, 2014

      They’re thinking:
      1B, DH
      1B, DH
      1B, DH
      I’m thinking:
      Finally!

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      • kevin
        June 6, 2014

        another 1B then ok seems like a waste not that thrilled with a big fat bat I guess DH

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  7. BrianT
    June 6, 2014

    Looking at video, A.J. Reed runs about as well as I do. That has me concerned.

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    • 1oldpro
      June 6, 2014

      I wonder if that video was from this year. One of the comments I heard was from his coach, who said Reed had completely changed his body type this year, from weight to muscle.
      Anyway, 23 times this season all he had to do was trot all the way to home plate. That kind of power translates to easy baserunning for me.

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