MLB In Full Bloom - Brady Aiken Selected First By Astros - 6/6/2014

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The 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft began last night and he Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick again. This time the Astros selected a pitcher polished beyond his years. California high school left-hander Brady Aiken was the first selection in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that Aiken is the most advanced high school pitcher he has ever seen in his entire career and has great command. He hits 95 mph with the fastball with an above average curveball. In this past season, he was 7-0 with a 1.06 ERA. He has committed to UCLA, which is his bargaining chip. If the Astros don't meet the asking price from Aiken, he certainly could be a Bruin. Aiken, of course, has a long road ahead of him to reach the Major Leagues, but the Astros are confident he'll be a big part of their rotation in the future.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Rangers. Adams brought in two with a double in the fifth inning, then blasted his 12th home run of the season in the eighth inning to bring the Orioles within two runs. He has rebounded nicely from a slow start to the season and has a .299 BA with 36 RBI.
  • Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in Thursday's win over the Rays. Ozuna singled in runs in the fourth and sixth innings and then belted a two-run bomb in the ninth to extend the Marlins' lead. Ozuna now has 11 home runs this season, with five of those homers coming over his last 14 contests. He's hitting .274 this season.
  • Jordan Lyles (hand) was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a fracture in his left hand on Wednesday. On Thursday, Lyles met with a hand specialist and he will not need surgery, but is still expected to be sidelined for a while with this injury. Lyles will be evaluated in a week and the Rockies will take it from there.
  • Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Rockies. Goldschmidt hit his 11th home run in the fifth inning off of Juan Nicasio. Goldschmidt was the runner up in NL MVP vote last season and is having another productive season with a .307 BA with 44 RBI.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays have now won five straight games and 17 of their past 20. After finishing a sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Thursday to move to 37-24, the Blue Jays have a 5.5 game league in the American League East over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays have hit 87 home runs, which ranks first in all of baseball and they also lead the majors in runs scored and RBIs.
  • The Tampa Bay Rays have lost ten games in a row after being swept by the Miami Marlins on Thursday afternoon. The Rays own the majors worst record at 23-38 and are 14 games behind AL East-leading Toronto. The Rays trail the Blue Jays by 14 games.
  • Don Zimmer passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83 in a Tampa bay hospital. Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April. Zimmer was not in baseball forever, but it seemed that way.  For 66 years, Zimmer was the most popular presence at ballparks all over the game. He started out as a minor league infielder in 1949 and earned the nickname "Popeye" after he started hitting powerful home runs. After his playing days were behind him, Zimmer managed with several team including the Chicago Cubs. We lost a true lifer this week.