Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that
they have officially signed Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, the top overall pick
in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, though Baseball America
reported that Appel will receive a $6.35 million signing bonus that is
considerably less than MLB's assigned slot value of $7.79 million for the No.
1 overall choice.
The Astros also owned the top pick last year and passed on Appel, who was
selected by Pittsburgh with the No. 8 pick. The right-hander returned to
Stanford after failing to come to terms with the Pirates.
Appel, 21, went 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA as a senior this
season at Stanford. He compiled 130 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings and held
opposing hitters to a .203 batting average.
"Drafting and signing Mark Appel was a top priority for our organization this
year," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "We are an
organization focused on winning championships in the future and we expect Mark
to be a big part of that effort."
Appel, a Houston native, is Stanford's all-time strikeout leader with 372.
The Astros have yet to determine where Appel will begin his pro career, though
he's expected to pitch in the minors at some point this summer.
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