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Astros Select Brady Aiken 1st Overall

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The Astros for the third straight had the #1 overall selection in the first year player draft. They chose Brady Aiken a High school pitcher from Cathedral Catholic (CA).

Aiken the 17-year-old lefty has been compared to Clayton Kershaw and Andy Pettitte.

“The tools are in place to get a front-line starter, a big left-hander in our rotation for a long time,” Astros scouting director Mike Elias told HoustonAstros.com. “We think he can log innings, with the way he’s thrown the ball and the way he’s built.”

Aiken was only the third high school left handed pitcher ever taken first in the MLB Draft. The other two, Brien Taylor (Yankees, 1991) and Houston’s David Clyde (Rangers, 1973).

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