Houston Astros selects California high school’s lefty Aiken as No. 1

Houston Astros selects California high school’s lefty Aiken as No. 1

A California high school's polished left-hander pitcher Brady Aiken was selected by the Houston Astros as the No. 1 in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday.

San Diego-based Cathedral Catholic High School's Aiken is just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall. With the selection, he joined previously selected lefties David Clyde (1973, Rangers) and Brien Taylor (1991, Yankees).

Seventeen-year-old Aiken is also the first lefty from the high school to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen's selection as fourth overall for Baltimore in 2002.

Speaking about his selection, Aiken said, "I'm just ready to move forward and see what the Astros have in store for me in the future. I'm just really excited."

Jeff Luhnow, general manager of Astros, praised Aiken saying he was the most advanced high school pitcher he had ever seen in his entire career. Luhnow added that the young pitcher showed command like he had never seen before.

The Houston Astros is the first team to pick first in three drafts that took place in a row. It selected shortstop Carlos Correa and right-hander Mark Appel in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The Major League Baseball draft, which is held over 3 days and 40 rounds, began with the first two rounds at MLB Network Studio on Thursday.

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