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MLB draft 2015: Indians draft Brady Aiken seventeenth overall

Aiken goes to the Indians and is a first-round pick for the second straight year.

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With the seventeenth overall pick, the Indians have selected pitcher Brady Aiken from IMG Academy (Fla.). Aiken was ranked on most boards and in most mocks as a late first round pick. He was heavily liked with the Dodgers going into the draft, and seems to have risen a bit, going off the board in the late teens.

Aiken may be a steal for the Indians with the seventeenth overall pick, due to his injury concerns and history. Aiken was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, but the left-hander failed to reach a deal with the Astros and went to the IMG Academy in order to be eligible for the 2015 draft. Entering the season, he was considered in the mix to go No. 1 overall again in 2015, but made just one start at IMG, leaving after 13 pitches and undergoing Tommy John surgery six days later.

The six-foot-four southpaw will not be 19 until August and before surgery displayed a fastball that touched 97 that he could command as well as two plus off-speed pitches. It says a great deal about his raw talent that he is still in the first round mix despite the fact that he will not return to the mound for his professional debut until some point in 2016.