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Astros draft Stanford pitcher Mark Appel at No. 1.

SECAUCUS -- The Houston Astros have selected Stanford University 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 prospect and instead chose 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. Appel was chosen by 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 right-hander with a fastball in the mid-90s (mph; 140s kph). 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.

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Publication:Philippines Daily Inquirer (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Jun 7, 2013
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