Top draft pick Brady Aiken arrives in Houston


Number one overall draft pick Brady Aiken has arrived in Houston to begin the process of signing a contract with the Astros. The 17-year old lefty from San Diego hit town today with his parents, Jim and Linda.

Aiken is expected to undergo a physical with Astros team doctors before signing for what has been reported to be a $6.5 million bonus. Expect to see an official announcement some time later this week.

Aiken is likely to be sent to the Astros Extended Spring Training facility in Kissimmee to get acclimated to the organization’s process. If all goes well, Aiken could be assigned to one of the Astros short-season clubs and get in a few innings before the season ends. Last year’s top pick, Mark Appel, started his professional career with the Tri-CityValleyCats of the New York Penn League. Other options for Aiken include the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League as well as the Gulf Coast League Astros.

Either way, Aiken seems ready and anxious to get going.

"It feels great. I’m excited. I’m really excited to take this next step in my life. I know all the fans and everyone are looking forward to this and I’m looking forward to it this just as much as they are. I’m more excited than they are probably to be honest with you. I’m really excited to see what the future holds. h/t Brian McTaggart"