MLB Draft: White Sox, Cubs scout projectable lefty

MLB Draft: White Sox, Cubs scout projectable lefty
March 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Representatives from the White Sox and Cubs were among 24 scouts present to watch Cathedral Catholic (San Diego) pitcher Brady Aiken on Tuesday.

Both teams’ amateur scouting heads, Doug Laumann (White Sox) and Jason McLeod (Cubs), watched as the 6-foot-4 left-handed pitcher struck out 12 and walked one in 4 2/3-hitless innings against La Costa Canyon High.

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Aiken, who has committed to play college ball UCLA, has begun to see his stock rise among teams less than three months before the amateur draft. He sat between 91-92 mph for much of the game and touched 95 with at least a dozen pitches at 94, per one observer. Aiken changes speeds with a sharp breaking curveball that sits at 79 and has a changeup at 82. In 8 2/3 hitless innings this season, Aiken has walked one and struck out 20.

“What’s not to like?” one scout said.

The White Sox own the third overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft and the Cubs pick fourth.