The Houston Astros struck out with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 MLB draft, failing to sign high school pitcher Brady Aiken before the Friday afternoon deadline.
Aiken, a left-hander from San Diego Cathedral Catholic High School, is just the third No. 1 overall selection in the draft not to sign with the team that picked him. The others were Danny Goodwin with the Chicago White Sox in 1971 and Tim Belcher with the Minnesota Twins in 1983.
The Astros had made Aiken just the third high school pitcher to be taken with the top overall pick. The UCLA recruit throws a fastball clocked at 96-97 mph.
But after drafting Aiken in June and reaching agreement two days later on a $6.5 million signing bonus, the Astros expressed concerns about the ligament in Aiken's left elbow after he underwent a physical in Houston.
Because the Astros failed to sign Aiken, they will receive the No. 2 overall selection in the 2015 draft.