Astros roll out Brady Aiken jersey in stadium store moments after draft

  • David Whitlock

Indications are that the Houston Astros probably knew well in advance who they were going to select in the 2014 Amateur draft.  So far in advance, they were able to “stock up” the team store with Brady Aiken jerseys to roll out moments after the first pick was announced (during the early innings of a home contest against the Los Angeles Angels.  Team president Reid Ryan made sure fans knew the jersey’s were available (via Twitter):

The Astros selection of the 17-year-old Aiken out of southern California was a bit of a surprise as very rarely has a high school pitcher gone so high.  This was the third year in a row the Astros had the first overall pick after 324 losses over the past three seasons.

– David Whitlock

H/T: Dayn Perry of CBS Eye on Baseball

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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