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Brady Aiken leaves first IMG Academy start after 13 pitches

Brady Aiken

Brady Aiken’s debut for IMG Academy did not go the way he wanted.

Aiken, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros last year but did not sign because of a monetary dispute, elected to attend IMG Academy as he prepares to re-enter the draft. He made his first start Thursday and left with a trainer after throwing just 13 pitches, MLB.com’s Adam Berry reports:

The Astros initially offered Aiken $6.5 million but lowered that offer enough to upset the high school pitcher, leading him not to sign. Though the Astros said the offer was lowered because of concerns about Aiken’s elbow, many felt the team lowered the offer in order to have more money available to sign their other draft picks.

Perhaps Houston will ultimately be proven to be justified in having concerns about Aiken’s health.

Baseball America’s John Manuel says there have been rumors all spring that Aiken was not right physically:

Photo: Brady Aiken/Twitter

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