Player Name: Mark Appel
School: Stanford University (’13)
Height/Weight: 6’5/200 lbs.
Previously Drafted: 2009, 15th Rd, Detroit Tigers
RHP Mark Appel is making his case to be the #1 pick of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros. The 6’5 ace boasts maturity, velocity, and durability, which brings about a dependency that all 30 major league teams are looking for. Generally speaking, Appel pounds the zone in the 93-96 mph range and tops out at 98-99. The velocity is there without a doubt, and his clean delivery, good command, and quick arm all serve for greater reasons to draft him. He has above average movement on his change-up and 2-seam fastball, but he is better known for his slider. It has been said to be a “swing and miss” slider that seems to disappear quick. He has averaged 8 innings per start this season (48.0 innings/6 starts), and has posted a 3-1 record. His ERA is at 3.34 right now, but don’t be fooled. He has only given up two long-balls all season, and his hitters have a .201 opposing batting average on him. Appel has gotten the win against Vanderbilt University (8-3 final), University of Texas (5-0 final), and the University of Southern California (USC) (4-2 final). His only loss comes to Fresno State University, who managed to get off 7 earned runs to beat the Cardinals 7-4 in Fresno, California. Appel is without a doubt one of the most talented athletes in the draft this season, and it will be interesting to see how his season ends.