Mark Appel Selected #1 by Houston Astros

  • Ryan Kantor

After losing 107 games in 2012, the Houston Astros were award the 1st pick of this year’s First-Year Player Draft. Today, June 6th, they used that 1st overall pick to add Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher from Stanford.

Mark Appel is a Houston native who turned down $4 million from the Pittsburgh Pirates after being selected #8 overall. He returned to Stanford where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree while tallying a 10-4 record and a 2.12 ERA on the field.

Mark Appel

Harold Reynolds got a little crazy and said he wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the majors as early as this July… That’s next month! Harold Reynolds is crazy, but nonetheless, there is a lot of reason for optimism around Mark Appel.

Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.

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