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Dons pitcher may go #1 in June baseball draft

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Some recruiting services (or baseball magazines) have Brady Aiken as the number one overall selection in the amateur baseball draft come June.

Brady Aiken's fastball is drawing the attention of scouts nationwide.

“A lot of young guys can throw as hard but they don't have the command he has,” explained Cathedral Catholic Baseball Coach, Gary Remiker.

He has been clocked as high as 97 miles per hour, and he regularly throws in the mid-90s.

“Hit his spots can change speeds, he's more polished than a lot of amateur players, including collegiate pitchers,” continued Remiker.

His curve ball breaks hard. In five games this year his era is a miniscule 0.68.

“Whenever we need a guy to step up big, he's the man to look to. I know the underclassmen and the seniors look up to him to be that leader,” said Michael Kaai the Cathedral Catholic left fielder.

“The thing I enjoy most is being on the field out there with my friends, especially in high school…more fun with the friends,” said Aiken.

Aiken says he loves the pressure that comes with pitching, like last fall when he took the mound for a U.S. team that played in Taiwan.

“I love the tough competition when I was in Taiwan, in the gold medal game,” said Aiken. “There was a ton of people rooting against the USA, it was pretty cool getting to go out there and have everyone root against you. It was fun.”

The June baseball draft is just six weeks away.

“If the draft was tomorrow, he'd be going pretty darn high and I think he has a tough decision to make whether to start his pro career now or head off and be a Bruin,” said Remiker.

If he doesn't go pro, he will play for UCLA - the defending college World Series champions.

Cathedral coach Remiker says Aiken is probably the best overall pitcher they've had in the program and this coach was at the school when Mark Prior and Barry Zito played.

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