Last June the Milwaukee Brewers went for a home run in the draft by selecting three top high school prospects with very high ceilings with their first three selections. With this year’s draft soon approaching, it is looking more and more like they could have an opportunity to hit another home run with their pick. Though he recently underwent Tommy John Surgery, here is a look at Brady Aiken a possible first round option at pick number 15 for the Brewers.
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As the first overall selection of the 2014 draft, Aiken may be one of the biggest question marks in the entire draft. With health questions, some boards have him going early in the first round, while others have him sliding to the supplemental round. In his latest mock draft, MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has Aiken going to the Brewers and if that were to happen it would be a huge get for the organization.
Last season Aiken was widely viewed as the top high school arm in the draft and while he only saw one outing at Junior College, there is no reason to think that he cannot be a star when healthy. During his senior season in high school, Aiken struck out 111 batters in only 59.2 innings and hitters bated a miniscule .127 against him.
MLB.com ranks the left-hander as the 24th best draft prospect and there is no reason to think that he cannot move up again when fully healthy. With a fastball that can come reach the mid to upper 90’s and one of the best change-ups in last years draft, he has an arm that an organization could build around.
Picking Aiken would be risky and a difficult thing to do considering their recent first round luck, but a pick like this can certainly make a giant impact for a team that is looking towards the future. In last year’s draft the Toronto Blue Jays showed faith in Jeff Hoffman, a college pitcher coming off Tommy John Surgery and they hope to reap the rewards very soon. While it may be a huge roll of the dice to select Aiken, he has the talent to make it definitely worth it for Milwaukee.
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