Picking Appel(s)

Consider for a second if Andrew Luck fell in the draft to the Miami Dolphins at the 8th pick. A player with pro caliber skills and huge upside dropping from the projected 1st pick in the draft, plummeting out of the top 5, and falling into the lap of the Dolphins. Well that obviously did not happen. Andrew Luck went 1st overall to the Colts and all was right in the sporting world. However, the same cannot be said for fellow Stanford Junior, Mark Appel. Although not a once in a generation prospect, like Luck was dubbed, the Cardinal ace was projected to be the number 1 pick throughout the season and go to his hometown Astros.

In his junior year, Appel went 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA and fanned 127 in 119 innings. He only allowed 26 walks and opposing hitters posted an abysmal .210 against him this season. Stanford is headed to the Super Regional’s in this year’s College World Series spearheaded by Appel’s strong right arm.

The stars were aligning for the stud RHP heading into tonight’s MLB draft; he was going 1st overall and heading to his hometown of Houston to play for the Astros. However, all this changed when commissioner Bud Selig announced that the Astros had selected SS Carlos Correa with the first pick of the draft. From there on pick after pick rolled by yet Appel’s name remained at the top of the board for undrafted prospects. Finally, with the 8th pick in the draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Mark Appel and added depth to a team already loaded with pitching prospects. Both Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole already rank in the Top 10 of the Top 100 prospects and each are having an All-Star season in High-A ball in the Florida State League. The addition of Mark Appel just bolsters this future pitching staff and gives the Pirates a very real chance at the best rotation in baseball in the near future.