Brady Aiken

27-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brady Aiken in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a $2.51 million contract with the Indians in June of 2015. Released by the Indians in October of 2021.
Released by Cleveland
PFree Agent  
October 6, 2021
Aiken was released by Cleveland on Wednesday.
Aiken was selected in the first round of the 2015 First-year Player Draft but never progressed past the Low-A level and didn't pitch in 2021. The southpaw posted a 4.95 ERA and 1.82 WHIP in 132.2 innings across 29 appearances (27 starts) in his last two minor-league seasons.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Aiken undoubtedly appeals to a certain type of dynasty league owner. He oozes pedigree (17th overall pick) and is more projection than substance. The risk is through the roof, but if he comes close to hitting his ceiling, then he is a No. 1 or No. 2 starter. A more conservative owner would look at his uneven production in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, factor in that he is roughly three or four years away from sniffing the majors, and conclude that there are better ways to use a minor league roster spot. Fastball velocity and command will determine which outlook is correct. Aiken was sitting 89-91 mph with the pitch in 2016 as he worked on rebuilding arm strength. He also struggled to command the pitch. If he adds a couple ticks to his heater and demonstrates average or better command in his second season as a pro, then Aiken could finish the season as one of the top pitching prospects in the game. If not, the intrigue that surrounds his prospect star will start to give way to fatigue.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft slipped to the Indians at No. 17 in last year’s draft after predictably needing Tommy John surgery in March. Everyone is familiar with Aiken’s story at this point, and it is encouraging that he was able to throw off flat ground in October. Aiken has the prototypical frontline starter package (minus the clean bill of health), with good size and athleticism, three potentially plus pitches and he happens to be left-handed. Indeed, it’s the type of package that could result in Aiken taking a similar path up prospect lists as Lucas Giolito and Jeff Hoffman — two prospects whose draft-day value was hurt by pre-draft UCL surgery. Of course, Aiken, 19, will need to show that his stuff and command has returned to form when he returns to the mound in 2016, but if that happens, he could put up gaudy numbers in the lower levels, at which point the hype train will have left the station.
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Nabs first scoreless outing of 2017
PCleveland Guardians  
July 15, 2017
Aiken dealt six innings in his first scoreless outing of the season for Low-A Lake County on Friday.
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Picks up first win at Low-A
PCleveland Guardians  
May 17, 2017
Aiken picked up his first win of the season for Low-A Lake County on Tuesday, tossing five innings of two-run ball while scattering six hits and three walks.
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Preparing to tackle first full season
PCleveland Guardians  
April 5, 2017
Aiken will open the season at Low-A Lake County and start the Captains' home opener April 8.
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Confident arm is ready to go
PCleveland Guardians  
March 25, 2017
Aiken, whose fastball had dipped more than five mph following Tommy John surgery, said his velocity has come back up and his arm feels "as ready as ever,"'s Jim Callis reports.
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Begins 2017 in good health
PCleveland Guardians  
February 1, 2017
Aiken says that he'll enter spring training healthy and expects all of his pitches will be ready to go, William Boor of reports.
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