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A Baseball Star to Watch

Brady Aiken of Cathedral Catholic High School (CCHS) has been announced as the first round draft pick for the Houston Astros. With the first pick in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft, the Houston Astros chose the left-handed pitcher based off his skill and promise for the future. According to the Houston Astros, Brady’s age will allow them a great deal of room to improve his game. They feel he will be the number one or two starter in the team rotation in the future.

Brady is the fifth left-handed pitcher chosen with the top selection, joining baseball players David Clyde, Floyd Bannister, Brien Taylor and David Price. According to MLB scouts, Brady really can deliver. With a fastball ranging between ninety-one to ninety-three miles per hour, he has quite the arm. His intuition on the field was of great interest to scouts as well as his strong command when pitching.

Brady has also been recognized as one of the top high school baseball athletes in the United States by Perfect Game USA. He pitched an almost impeccable game for the 18U United States national baseball team in 2013 during the Baseball World Cup against Japan, which lead the team to gold. In February 2014 he was awarded the USA Baseball International Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding work on the field. He was honored with a ceremony held at CCHS in spring 2014.