Brady Aiken, the 2014 number one overall draft pick by the Houston Astros, was taken out of his game today with a possible injury. From Chris King of Baseball Prospectus:
There’s no official word yet on why he was removed.
Aiken was in Bradenton, Florida pitching at the IMG Academy, trying to prepare himself for the 2015 draft.
Everyone remembers the controversy surrounding Aiken and the Houston Astros after the draft last year. The Astros made an offer to the young man, but when it was revealed during a physical that Aiken had a small UCL, Houston lowered the offer due to the potential for significant injury. Aiken did not sign the reduced offer.
High school players generally do not undergo physicals before the draft, so it wasn’t like Houston knew about the problem first and changed their mind later. Nevertheless, many people around baseball criticized the Astros organization as being unethical and mean-spirited.
Hopefully everything is alright for Brady Aiken. He has a bright future and we all hope he’ll have a long and successful career.
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