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Houston Astros Draft Stanford’s Mark Appel With Number One Pick

The Houston Astros selected flamethrower Mark Appel  with the first pick in the 2013 MLB draft, after passing on the Houston native last year instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.

Appel lived in Houston before his family moved to California when he was 12. Appel was drafted last year by the Pittsburgh Pirates at number eight but didn’t sign after refusing a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season.

After going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings this season for the Cardinal, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel  It is expected to sign for at least twice the amount  With Houston.

“I’m very confident that Mark Appel is going to put on an Astros uniform,”  Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “He’s from here. He wants to play here. He’s been selected first in the draft.

All the indicators are pointing in the same direction, so I assume it will be a fairly straightforward discussion and that he’ll sign sometime this summer.”

Don is a lifelong baseball fan and that life is getting pretty long. He makes his living at home in New Port Richey, Florida. A Tampa native he served as a fantasy correspondent for ESPN for the Tampa Bay Rays, back when they were called the Devil Rays. He loves college baseball, Tampa sports and follows them both with unrivaled passion. Don is also a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and his work has been featured on a number of baseball, sports, business and financial venues.