Baseball America partner Student Sports, which operates the Area Code Games presented by New Balance, has made a series of Day in the Life videos featuring players from the high school Class of 2014 who participated in last summer’s Area Code Games. We’re happy to present them to you here. You can visit the Student Sports website for more on the 2014 Area Code Games.
Lefthander Brady Aiken has performed on the largest amateur stages, and his stuff, athleticism and projectability have positioned him to be a potential first-round pick.
As a junior for Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, Aiken had one of the top performances at the National High School Invitational, striking out 14 and allowing one earned run against zero walks in seven innings.
After participating in the Area Code Games as underclassman, Aiken had a superlative showing last August, striking out seven without allowing a walk or run in three innings.
Aiken was the rotation bell cow for USA Baseball’s 18-and-under national team that repeated as world champs for the first time since 1988-1989. Facing a Japan team that entered the championship averaging nine runs a game in the World Cup, Aiken allowed only one run in seven innings and struck out 10 in the gold medal game. In total, Aiken threw 12 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs (1.42 ERA) with 17 strikeouts and three walks at the World Cup. This earned him USA Baseball’s International Performance of the Year award.
Aiken impresses with not only what he does, but how he does it. His broad shoulders, long extremities and trim waist add up to an ideal pitcher’s build that offers projection for the athletic 6-foot-3, 207-pounder. As the video demonstrates, Aiken has worked hard to develop his physique and dropped the bad weight he carried as an underclassman.
The lefthander has an easy, smooth and athletic delivery. His compact arm action is loose, clean, fluid and has good extension out front. Using a high glove extension, Aiken hides the ball well and pitches with downhill plane as the ball jumps out of his hand. His fastball sits 88-91 with glove-side run and touched 93 at the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Aiken’s changeup shows the makings of an above-average offering and his curveball shows at least above-average potential, flashing plus.
His stuff plays up with command that scouting directors voted as the best in the high school class.
The UCLA commit plays travel ball for the San Diego Show and is one of the youngest pitchers in the class.
He also shows potential as an outfielder and unleashed one of the best throws of the summer showcase circuit during Perfect Game National.