Bucs fail to ink Stanford’s Mark Appel; pitcher will return for senior year
Stanford, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Mark Appel was the lone draftee unsigned at deadline after Cardinal junior pitcher rejected the Pittsburgh Pirates offer and decided to return to Stanford for his senior baseball season.
Appel was drafted eighth overall by the Pirates on June 4.
“After much thought, prayer and analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree, and doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win a national championship,” said Appel via the Cardinal website.
Appel, previously considered a possible No. 1 overall pick in the June 4 Major League draft before being picked up at No. 8 by Pittsburgh, was the only one of 31 first-round picks in the draft who did not sign.
Teams had until 2 p.m. Friday to sign players, per the new collective bargaining agreement.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound right-hander, who played at Monte Vista High-Danville, had a 10-2 record with a 2.25 ERA in his 16 starts last season as a junior, helping lead the Cardinal into the NCAA Super Regionals.
Appel finished the year by throwing 130 strikeouts and just 30 walks in 123 innings of work.
His impressive outing earned him first team All-America honors by Collegiate Baseball.
Appel, 20, has a career record of 18-10 to go along with a 3.22 ERA.
Meanwhile, the Pirates are set to receive an additional first-round pick in the 2013 draft, the ninth overall, since they failed to sign Appel.