NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – The Indians possess some of the best pitching in all of Major League baseball. Down in the minor leagues, the Tribe has stashed additional waves of pitching talent…including 2015 first-round pick Brady Aiken.
Aiken has reported to pitch for the Scrappers, making his Mahoning Valley debut Wednesday night.
Currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Aiken allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits with one strikeout in three innings. His velocity ranged from 88-91 MPH.
And he’s thrilled to be a part of the Tribe organization…which has a strong reputation for player development.
“They’ve had a couple guys that have had Tommy John (surgery) and brought them back. Not only in the Majors, but in the Minors as well,” Aiken said. “So, I think that was very important for me when I signed, and knowing that I’m in good hands here with the surgery. And also, knowing that there’s guys that they’ve brought up from the minor leagues, progressed them well, and they’re doing well in the big leagues now.”
Aiken isn’t sure how long he will remain on the Scrappers’ roster, but assumes he’ll remain in the valley for the rest of the season. Soon-to-be 20 years old, Aiken already has some very high hopes for an eventual career in the big leagues.
“Growing up as a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a professional player,” he said. “Personally, for me, it’s to be in the Hall of Fame, and, not only that, help lead the team to multiple World Championships and do everything that I can to be a great team player.”