It took a long time, but patience pays off for many baseball fans and PPH bookie services, as Brady Aiken – past No. 1 overall pick and huge talent in the sport – was finally able to sign with a team in the big league.
On Thursday, Aiken put pen to paper with the Indians, who picked him as the 17th player overall in the MLB draft this year, and many experts believe that the team made a very smart move in acquiring his services.
PPH bookie services remember that in the draft of 2014, Aiken was chosen by the Astros alongside the first pick, but things got very frustrating, as a deal could not be reached following extended negotiations.
The player’s left elbow recently underwent Tommy John surgery, so many fans will have no choice but to wait until next year to see him pitch, but are confident that the wait will be worth it.
Regardless of his injury, Cleveland knows how much talent Aiken has, and the team believes that the player is definitely worth a pick in the first round. The team’s fans could not agree more.
“Our scouts did a really good job and spent a lot of time evaluating Brady over the past two years,” said Brad Grant, scouting director for the Indians. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to select a player as talented as Brady with the character of Brady as well. With Brady, we have a big 6-foot-4 left-handed starter, a player who’s up to 95 with his fastball, very good life to it, plus curveball, a feel for a slider, a changeup and a very, very good strike thrower. He has a lot of the delivery elements that we look for and we like and we look forward to partnering with Brady in the future.”
The player’s signing bonus is thought to be worth $2,393,600, according to the MLB’s Draft slotting system, something that clearly shows how valuable is in the sport.
When Aiken was playing as a senior in San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School, the player caught the eye of many in the baseball world, as he went 7-0 along with 1.06 ERA in the 11 starts that he had for the school.
Aiken already went through a physical with Cleveland, and he’s is currently working on his elbow at the team’s spring training facility located in Goodyear, Arizona.