With the first overall pick in the 2014 MLB first-year players draft, the Houston Astros took a high school left-hander from California, Brady Aiken.
The Astros held the first overall pick in the Rule 4 draft for the third season in a row. Aiken joins Mark Appel and Carlos Correa as first overall picks during the Jeff Luhnow admistration.
Aiken, 17, is a left-handed pitcher from Cathedral Catholic High School - just outside of San Diego. He stands at 6'5'', weighing in at around 205 pounds. He is the first high-school left-hander selected since Brien Taylor in 1991 by the New York Yankees. He features a fastball touching the high 90's, a hammer curve, and the makings of a nice changeup.
Subber10 sums it up when it comes to Aiken -
Essentially, you are drafting a kid with less wear and tear on his arm than Carlos Rodon or Tyler Kolek (who pitched in the fall), similar breaking ball use as Kolek, better mechanics than Rodon, about equal with Kolek, and better stuff than what Rodon showed this year. His off-speed stuff is better than Kolek's.