Houston Astros fail to sign first overall draft pick

Houston Astros fail to sign first overall draft pick

HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - Back in June for the MLB Draft, the Houston Astros selected California high school pitcher Brady Aiken.

Aiken and the Astros initially seemed thrilled with the selection until a physical would put a halt to the drafting process, and leave both parties unable to meet in the middle.

The Astros have now lost Aiken, after they failed to get him to sign by the deadline of 5:00 p.m. Friday.

It is reported that the Astros and Aiken agreed to terms on a $6.5 million bonus. When Aiken flew out to Houston to finalize the deal and get a physical, the Astros became concerned with a ligament in Aiken's left elbow and reduced their bonus to $3.1 million.

With the Astros loosing their No. 1 pick, they will be compensated and will now receive the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

For Aiken, he is committed to play at UCLA and if he decides to honor that, and he can re-enter the draft in 2017.

However, if Aiken decides to go the junior college route, he can re-enter the draft next year.

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