June 7, 2013
Astros Select Appel with First-Overall Pick in 2013 MLB Draft - MLB.com
• "We're absolutely thrilled that this came to a conclusion today and that we selected Mark Appel with the first selection in the draft," said Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow. "We believe he is a premium talent and we see him as a future potential ace. He's exactly the type of player that we need to be adding to the organization. He makes us significantly better and we believe this is a special player that is going to be a part of our championship team someday."
Appel Drafted No. 1 by Astros - AP
• "No matter what happened in the draft," Appel said, "I knew I had done everything that was in my control to put myself in the best situation possible."
Appel's Homecoming Could Mark Return to Winning Ways - MLB.com
• The Astros began this process a year ago with Stanford right-hander Mark Appel atop their draft board. Since then, they had debate after debate, comparing this player to Appel and then that one and then that other one. In the end, they never wavered on Appel ... "He checked all the boxes for us," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
Appel Goes No. 1 to Astros - Los Angeles Times
• Hard-throwing right-handed pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford was taken No. 1 by the Houston Astros on Thursday with the opening pick in major league baseball's first-year player draft. The 6-foot-5 Appel turned down the Pittsburgh Pirates last year after being taken No. 8 overall and returned for his senior season at Stanford.
Appel Goes No. 1 Overall to Houston - San Jose Mercury News
• Mark Appel gambled on himself when he turned down millions to return for his senior season at Stanford. The right-handed pitcher's risk worked out beautifully on Thursday when the Houston Astros selected him No. 1 overall in the Major League Baseball amateur draft.
Astros Select Appel With First Overall Pick - Sporting News
• In his senior year at Stanford, Appel showed a willingness to pitch aggressively (i.e. inside) and scouts like that he can keep his velocity deep into games.
Astros Take Appel First Overall - NBC Sports
• It was a risky move, but it worked out as well as could be hoped, as Appel stayed healthy and went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and a 130/23 K/BB ratio in 106.1 innings.
Astros Take Appel With Top Pick of Draft - CBSsports.com
• Coincidentally, Appel was born in Houston but relocated to San Ramon, Calif., at the age of 12. He'll join an already quickly improved Astros farm system.
Given Second Chance, Astros Take Pitcher First - New York Times
• Given a second chance at Appel, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who grew up an Astros fan, Houston did not let him get by it again.
Winners, Losers and More From Round 1 of the 2013 MLB Draft - SI.com
• Upon winning an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1973, Jack Lemmon said, when receiving his Oscar: "I had a speech prepared -- in 1959" ... Mark Appel didn't have to wait 14 years, though it might have felt that way at times to the Stanford righty, but he can now dust off any remarks he might have prepared last year, when he was widely considered the top prospect heading into the 2012 draft.
Astros Make Appel the One in Draft - Houston Chronicle
• Mark Appel knows who the Astros are ... He spent 12 years of his life in Houston, played at Post Oak Little League, and attended games at the Astrodome when his father's work provided the family with tickets. Appel recalled the March 30, 2000, opening of Minute Maid Park and still sees the downtown stadium as a "great ballpark."
Astros Select Appel With No. 1 Pick - Houston Chronicle
• "Stanford's an incredibly difficult institution to get into and to do what he did academically and athletically, this guy's driven," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said.
The Appel of Their Eye: Astros Choose Stanford Righty No. 1 - Sports Network
• Appel, a Houston native, becomes the fourth player chosen No. 1 overall by the Astros, joining third baseman Phil Nevin (1992), left-hander Floyd Bannister (1976) and most recently shortstop Carlos Correia, who was the team's top selection last year.
Astros Take Appel With MLB Draft's Top Pick - Bloomberg News
• Appel was among 15 pitchers, including 12 right-handers, selected last night in the first round, the most among all positions.
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