(AP) -- While top overall draft pick Mark Appel is expected to be their future, Jordan Lyles has been one of the most reliable current starters for the Houston Astros.
Lyles will try to lead the Astros to their longest road winning streak in 12 seasons when they open a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
The Astros made Stanford's Appel the No. 1 pick in the draft Thursday after the Houston native went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings as a senior.
"This is just a surreal moment for me and my family," Appel told MLB Network. "Just knowing that I'm going back home is a real honor."
Although Appel isn't likely to join the big-league club in the immediate future, Lyles - the 38th pick by the Astros in 2008 - has a chance to help Houston win seven straight on the road for the first time since June 30-July 24, 2001.
The Astros (22-39), who just dropped two of three at home to Baltimore, swept a six-game trip through Colorado and...