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  • Brady Aiken: Released by Cleveland

    Aiken was released by Cleveland on Wednesday.

    Aiken was selected in the first round of the 2015 First-year Player Draft but never progressed past the Low-A level and didn't pitch in 2021. The southpaw posted a 4.95 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 132.2 innings across 29 appearances (27 starts) in his last two minor-league seasons.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Nabs first scoreless outing of 2017

    Aiken dealt six innings in his first scoreless outing of the season for Low-A Lake County on Friday.

    The 2015 first-round pick is just 2-10 for the Captains through 18 starts this season, and his 4.10 ERA and 1.76 WHIP aren't indicative of much growth. With a 57:67 K:BB through 90 innings, Aiken most certainly won't move up the organization's minor-league ladder in 2017.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Picks up first win at Low-A

    Aiken picked up his first win of the season for Low-A Lake County on Tuesday, tossing five innings of two-run ball while scattering six hits and three walks.

    It was arguably Aiken's second-best outing of the campaign, which speaks to the extent that he's struggled in his first taste of full-season ball. Through seven starts, Aiken has turned in a 4.50 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and 20:28 K:BB over 34 innings. The excessive walks are the biggest concern about Aiken's statistical profile, and may ultimately force him to move to the bullpen if he fails to rein in the free passes over his next couple seasons in the minors.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Preparing to tackle first full season

    Aiken will open the season at Low-A Lake County and start the Captains' home opener April 8.

    The ballyhoo behind Aiken was loud and proud when Cleveland drafted him with its top pick in 2015. A series of arm troubles led to Tommy John surgery and caused the prospect to fall off the radar in many circles. However, all indications are that the left-hander will begin 2017 healthier than he's been since entering professional baseball. Aiken is only 20 years old, and he can surely put himself back on the prospect map with a strong performance in his first full campaign.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Confident arm is ready to go

    Aiken, whose fastball had dipped more than five mph following Tommy John surgery, said his velocity has come back up and his arm feels "as ready as ever,"'s Jim Callis reports.

    As the consensus top prospect out of high school, Aiken was drafted No. 1 overall to the Astros in 2014. The deal later fell apart after his physical raised more than one red flag. He attended IMG Academy post-graduate program in Florida, where the left-hander suffered an elbow injury that led to surgery. Cleveland decided to take a chance on the 20-year-old by drafting him with the 17th overall pick in 2016. Aiken told Callis that he believes the comeback experience will make him a better pitcher in the long run. The Tribe's No. 9 prospect is worth keeping an eye on in dynasty formats this season.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Begins 2017 in good health

    Aiken says that he'll enter spring training healthy and expects all of his pitches will be ready to go, William Boor of reports.

    Aiken is nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery, yet the Indians continue to treat him with extreme caution. He should see his workload increase this spring, giving the lefty's stock a slight uptick. Cleveland's first-round pick in 2015, and No. 9 overall prospect, was tattooed for 19 earned runs over 24 innings (7.12 ERA) in the Arizona League last year. Aiken is the definition of a high-risk, high-reward player, and those dynasty league owners who employ such strategies will likely be attracted to him.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Makes professional debut

    Aiken pitched two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out three in his professional baseball debut for the ALZ Indians on Monday.

    The long-awaited debut for the left-hander Aiken was a success as he continues on his road to recovery from Tommy John surgery. Aiken, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft, will be brought back slowly by the Indians' organization. Look for him to spend most of his time in the Arizona League for the remainder of the 2016 season.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Pitching in extended spring training

    Aiken (elbow) is currently pitching in extended spring training, and sat at 89-92 mph in his first start there in late May, Fangraphs' Eric Longenhagen reports.

    He underwent Tommy John surgery in late May of 2015, so this is his first live action against hitters, so it's not a huge red flag that his velocity is not all the way back to his pre-surgery days. Longenhagen reports that Aiken's curveball retained impressive shape and his changeup was below average, which is to be expected given where Aiken is at in his development and recovery. Aiken has also added some weight, and is now approximately 230 pounds, despite being listed at 205. He should spend most of the year in Arizona at extended spring training and rookie ball, although it's possible he could head to Low-A later in the season. Dynasty league owners who drafted Aiken knew the risks and the distant ETA involved, so it's just nice to know that he's back competing on the mound.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken: Throwing bullpen sessions in camp

    Aiken (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Aiken underwent the knife last March prior to getting drafted by the Indians in June and appears to be on track in his recovery and rehab in the early days of spring.

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  • Indians' Brady Aiken throws off flat ground

    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.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 205 lbs
Bats/Throws: L, L