Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 6/6/13
The Houston Astros went with home grown talent in the first pick for the 2013 Draft. They choose starting pitcher Mark Appel from Stanford, and he projects to be a future ace for their staff. Appel features a three-pitch mix in his repertoire with a plus fastball that sits in the mid 90s with great movement. He also offers a hard slider and a circle changeup that has outstanding movement. The best thing about all of these pitches is that he can throw them all for strikes, and he has very good mound presence. Houston elected to bypass Jonathan Gray in favor of Appel, because he was their guy. The only issue that scouts are concerned with him is that his stuff doesn’t generate as many swings and misses as you would expect. There is a consensus among all scouts that he will be top of the rotation starter when all is said and done. Houston elected to bypass Jonathan Gray in favor of Appel, because he was their guy. They had a chance to draft him last year, but they went another directio...
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