Brady Aiken (born August 16, 1996) is an American baseball player who was drafted by Major League Baseball's Houston Astros with the first overall pick of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign with the team.


Aiken attended Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. Aiken pitched for the 18U United States national baseball team in 2013 and helped lead the team to gold in the 2013 18U Baseball World Cup.[1] He started the gold medal game and pitched seven innings with 10 strikeouts and giving up only one run.[2] In February 2014, he was awarded the USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award for his play.[3]

Aiken was considered one of the top prospects heading into the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.[4][5][6] In March 2014, he was ranked by Keith Law as the top prospect for the draft.[7] The Houston Astros selected Aiken with the first overall selection of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.[8] After issues arose with his health, elbow inflammation in his throwing arm, and disputes over an adjusted signing bonus, Aiken was unsigned when the July 18 deadline elapsed.[9] He was the first number one overall draft pick not to sign since Tim Belcher in 1983. On August 27, it was reported that the Astros could still sign Aiken, as the other 29 MLB teams agreed to allow the use of a clause in the draft which negates the deadline. It was also reported that, if he were to sign, Aiken would insist on a sign-and-trade deal.[10]


  1. Dons lefty goes on a world tour. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  2. Brady Aiken Leads U.S. To 18U World Championship. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  3. 11 a.m. (February 13, 2014). Dons' Aiken to receive award. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  4. Aiken impresses pro scouts. (March 19, 2014). Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  5. Lefty Aiken makes impression. (March 24, 2014). Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  6. Law, Keith. Brady Aiken enters the No. 1 conversation. Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
  7. Future 50: Aiken No. 1. (March 21, 2014). Retrieved on April 1, 2014.
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  9. Adams, Steve (July 18, 2014). "Astros Fail To Sign Aiken, Nix, Marshall". Retrieved on July 18, 2014.
  10. Perry, Dayn (August 27, 2014). "Reports: The Astros may still be able to sign top pick Brady Aiken". Retrieved on August 27, 2014.

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