Terms were not disclosed but Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said it was “the most significant investment” the Astros have ever made in an amateur player.
The Houston Astros are close to agreeing to terms with starting pitcher Mark Appel, CBS Sports has confirmed. Appel will graduate from Stanford with a degree in management science and engineering this coming Sunday and is then expected to sign a big-money deal.
The Houston Astros have selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. He went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings this season for the Cardinal.
Top prospects in this year’s MLB amateur draft group include Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray and Stanford pitcher Mark Appel. The Houston Astros have the first pick.
Stanford senior right-handed pitcher Mark Appel could well be the first overall choice of the Houston Astros in Thursday afternoon’s MLB first-year (amateur) player draft.
Stanford pitcher Mark Appel and Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray, viewed as the top prospects in this week’s MLB amateur draft, were overlooked as the finalists for the Golden Spikes Award on Tuesday.
As Mark Appel sat in the Stanford dugout and glanced out at sun-kissed Sunken Diamond this week, the star pitcher reminded himself just how much it meant to return for his final college season.
Mark Appel spurned the Pittsburgh Pirates and decided to remain at Stanford for his senior season, one of the first big casualties of baseball’s new restrictions on amateur signing bonuses.
Andrew Luck is set to become the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick next month. Stanford pitcher Mark Appel is the likely first choice in June’s amateur baseball draft. Add women’s basketball star Nnemkadi Ogwumike into the mix, and it very well could be an impressive Cardinal three-fer.