Saturday, June 2, 2012

2012 MLB Draft Profile: Mark Appel

Name: Mark Appel
Position: RHP
School: Standford University
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215

Stat Summary: W-L (9-1), 2.37 ERA, 116 SO, 24 BB

Accolades: First Team All-American, First Team All-Pac-12, Baseball America's No. 4 rated player in the 2012 Draft

The Rundown: While other pitching prospects have seen their stock fall, Appel has remained constently at the top of the leader board for this year's draft. He has proven himself over multiple seasons at the collegiate level and he has three pitches that are MLB ready. He might not develop into a Justin Verlander type player but he could be a perennial All-Star in the near future.

Twins Impact: There doesn't seem to be much of a chance for Appel to fall to the Twins with the number two pick. It is widely speculated that the Astros will use the first pick in the draft on the collegiate pitcher. Appel grew up in the Houston area and it seems that the Astros want a pitcher that can move quickly through their farm system. If the Astros go in a different direction, the Twins could lock up Appel at No. 2.

The Word on the Street: One scout said, "He has three Major League plus pitches. He has a body that's projectable and there are things you can work with him on to make him better. He pitches on Friday nights for one of the best teams in the country. His innings to hits to walks to strikeouts is as good as any other pitcher in the country. What's there not to like?"

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