Astros fail to sign Brady Aiken

The Houston Astros have failed to sign the first pick in this year's draft, saying they didn't reach an agreement with high school pitcher Brady Aiken before Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline.

The left-hander out of San Diego's Cathedral Catholic High was just the third prep pitcher to be selected first overall when he was taken last month. Aiken was also the first high school lefty to be drafted in the first five picks since Adam Loewen went fourth overall to Baltimore in 2002. The UCLA recruit has a fastball that hits 96-97 mph.

But now he becomes only the third top draft pick not to sign with the team that selected him, joining Danny Goodwin with the Chicago White Sox in 1971 and Tim Belcher with the Minnesota Twins in 1983.

Two days after the draft, Aiken agreed to terms with the Astros on a $6.5 million bonus, then flew to Houston on June 23 for a physical and to finalize the deal. But the exam's results left the Astros concerned about the ligament in Aiken's left elbow.

As a result of the Astros not signing him, they now will get the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft.

MLB.com first reported that Aiken failed to reach an agreement with the Astros by Friday's deadline.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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