Cleveland Indians select Brady Aiken with No. 17 pick in MLB draft
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Cleveland Indians select Brady Aiken with No. 17 pick in MLB draft
Monday June 8th, 2015

The Cleveland Indians selected left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken with the 17th selection in the first round of Monday's 2015 MLB draft.

Aiken was drafted No. 1 by the Houston Astros in the 2014 MLB draft, but did not sign with the team.

Houston reportedly withdrew its offer of a $6.5 million signing bonus and later offered considerably less money after doctors discovered an irregularity in the ulnar collateral ligament in Aiken's throwing arm.

Aiken became first No. 1 pick to not sign since Tim Belcher in 1983.

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Aiken enrolled at Florida's IMG academy to train in the lead-up to the 2015 draft, but underwent Tommy John surgery in March just days after making his first start for IMG's postgraduate team. 

The Astros were awarded the No. 2 pick in this year's draft because Aiken did not sign with them.

In a March essay for The Players' Tribune, Aiken called his decision to not sign in 2014 “very difficult” but said he does not regret it.


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