Found June 16, 2013 on Midwest Sports Fans:
The Houston Astros and Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, have reportedly come to terms on a deal. The Astros and the Stanford right-hander have agreed on a bonus of $6.35 million, the most any player has received under baseball’s new draft bonus rules. The preview high was the $6 million the Minnesota Twins gave high school outfielder Byron Buxton after selecting him with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Appel’s deal also blows past the previous high for a college senior, which was held by Matt LaPorta after the Milwaukee Brewers gave him $2 million back when he was the seventh overall pick of the 2007 draft. The 21-year-old Appel was the consensus top player in the 2013 draft, and is also a Houston native, which means both sides had a lot of incentive to get a deal done. He will reportedly sign officially at some point this week. After being selected with the No. 8 pick in the 2012 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Appel couldn’t come to terms...
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