Indians pitcher Brady Aiken (elbow) threw off flat ground Saturday at the Indians' minor league complex. The 17th overall pick in the 2015 first-year player draft, Aiken fit in his initial activity since undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Now on the road to recovery, he'll seek to return at some point during the 2016 season.
The Indians have signed starting pitcher and first-round pick Brady Aiken, per MLB.com. Now it's a matter of getting him back on the mound. The former top overall selection by Houston is just three months removed from Tommy John surgery. And he has a message for those who have criticized him for not signing with the Astros and tried to put him in bad light. "There's a difference between reputation and character," he said. "Reputation is what people think of you. Character is what you really are."
Astros pitcher Brady Aiken took to Twitter to announce that he had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Aiken talked about the surgery and what he'll have to overcome in a piece on theplayerstribune.com. "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I'm obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what's happened and make this a fresh start. "When I visited the doctor's office and got the news I had torn my UCL, I can't even begin to express how I felt. I was — and still am — overwhelmed with a lot of different feelings, but mostly it's disappointment. I won't be able to pitch this season, and this is going to keep me from doing what I love most of all — competing. It's going to be frustrating, and not just from a baseball perspective. When it's 90 degrees at home in Cardiff and the waves are perfect and I can't surf, that'll be tough, too. I know the road ahead will be full of patience and hard work, and I'm ready for that challenge." Aiken was the first overall pick by the Astros in 2014.
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.
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.
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