SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The Houston Astros have selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Appel was considered a possible top pick last year, but Houston passed on the hometown kid and instead chose 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. Appel slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8 but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season.
The move paid off for Appel, a hard-throwing righty with a fastball in the mid-90s (mph). He went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106 1-3 innings this season for the Cardinal.
The draft, which is held over three days and 40 rounds, started Thursday night with the first two rounds at MLB Network Studios.
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Lorenzen||7||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: J. Locke||1|
|Miami - WP: M. Latos||2||FINAL|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: M. Estrada||3|
|Philadelphia - LP: C. Billingsley||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: S. Miller||9|
|Baltimore - LP: B. Norris||2||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: B. Colon||3|
|Tampa Bay - LP: D. Smyly||0||FINAL|
|Boston - WP: R. Porcello||2|
|Los Angeles - WP: Z. Greinke||8||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - LP: M. Garza||2|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||3||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: J. Vargas||5|
|Detroit - LP: S. Greene||2||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Samardzija||5|
|Oakland - WP: J. Chavez||2||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: T. May||1|
|Texas - WP: W. Rodriguez||7||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: S. Feldman||1|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: E. Jackson||4||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Harris||7|
|Seattle - LP: D. Leone||4||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: H. Street||5|
|San Diego - LP: A. Cashner||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong||6|