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Brady Aiken, No. 1 pick in 2014 MLB Draft, to enroll at IMG Academy
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/26/15) Prospect Brady Aiken has decided to enroll at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to help prepare for the 2015 MLB Draft. Aiken was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft by the Astros, but he did not sign because of issues with the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.
“We’re excited for Brady [Aiken] to join us at IMG Academy,” IMG Academy’s Director of Baseball Dan Simonds said in a press release, per the Houston Chronicle. “At IMG [Academy] he will have access to everything from world-class coaches and performance experts to top-notch facilities and the latest technology.”
Even with the concerns over Aiken's elbow, he is projected as a top-five pick, according to the Chronicle. The Astros have the second and fifth pick in this year's draft, but they are not expected to re-draft Aiken after last year's failed negotiations.
Aiken will join Jacob Nix at the IMG Academy. Nix, who enrolled at IMG in January, was the Astros' fifth-round pick last year, but he couldn't sign with the team due to draft pool issues after Houston couldn’t come to terms with Aiken. Nix settled a grievance issue with the Astros in December.
Astros, Brady Aiken unable to come to terms before Friday deadline
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(7/18/14) The Astros were unable to come to terms with first-overall pick Brady Aiken before Friday's deadline, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.
The signing was complicated due to some concern over his UCL. With the deadline passed, the Astros will be compensated with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLB First-Player Draft. Aiken will likely join UCLA and re-enter the draft after three seasons.
Astros, Brady Aiken at an impasse
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(7/15/14) The Astros have reached an impasse with first-overall pick Brady Aiken , according to the Houston Chronicle.
The main issue stems from medical evaluations revolving around Aiken. Though he is currently capable of pitching, the Astros have offered him less due to some concern over his UCL. Over the past couple drafts, the team has been able to sign their top picks under slot in order to spend more on other players. There's some believe the club is low-balling Aiken in order to utilize this strategy again.
The MLBPA has already expressed concern over the issue. The club has until Friday to reach a deal with Aiken.
Trainer: Brady Aiken 'absolutely healthy'
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(7/7/14) In the wake of a CBSSports.com report saying Brady Aiken has an elbow issue, his athletic trainer, Paul Flores, said the No. 1 overall pick is "absolutely healthy," reports the Houston Chronicle. The Astros have yet to sign the lefty pitcher
"As far as I know, he’s absolutely healthy," Flores said. "He’s strong, he’s healthy — everything is just like before. But I don’t know the business aspect of baseball."
The paper contacted Astros scouting director Mike Elias, but he declined to comment.
Astros' top pick has elbow issue
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(7/7/14) Pitcher Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Astros, has an issue with his elbow ligament that caused the team to lower its offer, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Houson is now offering $5 million instead of $6.5 million, the report said.
A deal appeared close two weeks ago. The Astros "are said to have discovered the issue at a medical exam done just prior to when they were expected to announce a deal," Heyman reported.
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