MLB Draft 2013: Stanford pitcher Mark Appel goes No. 1 to Astros
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. He was 10-4 with a 2.12 earned-run average this season.
He's a Houston native.
The Chicago Cubs selected third baseman Kris Bryant from the University of San Diego with the second selection. He was considered the top power hitter in college baseball after hitting 31 home runs this season.