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Pirates’ top pick Mark Appel rocked in College World Series

Jun 8, 2012, 9:11 PM EDT

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It’s been a rough week for Stanford’s Mark Appel.

On Monday night he fell to the eighth spot in the MLB Amateur Draft after being mocked by most experts to go in the top three.

And he was selected by an organization (the Pirates) that he clearly isn’t thrilled about joining.

Now his dream of an NCAA championship is in jeopardy.

Appel was shelled for seven runs (five earned) over four innings Friday in Game 1 of Stanford’s first-round matchup with Florida State. He yielded five hits and walked four while throwing only 55 of his 95 pitches for strikes.

His upside remains sky-high and his body of work with the Cardinal speaks for itself, but you can bet Pirates management was watching the rough outing. And may bring it up in negotiations with Appel’s agent, Scott Boras.

Stanford must now win two straight games over the Seminoles to advance to the second round.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Two Pirates articles in a row? The zombie apocalypse is real!

  2. fearlessleader - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    I’m assuming it’s a typo that will fixed soon, but I’d like to state for the record that “On Monday night he fell to the eighth spot in the MLB Amateur Draft after being mocked by most experts to go in the top three” is the best and most Freudian HBT opening paragraph ever.

    • Drew Silva - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

      What’s wrong with it?

      • paperlions - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        “mocked by most experts”. No experts mocked him…it is the draft that is a mock (a noun)…not players that are mocked (the verb).

      • hittfamily - Jun 9, 2012 at 2:22 AM

        And it was super regionals, not the world series. Super regianals are the college equivalent of the LCS. It’s the 2nd round of the post season.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      mock draft?

      • fearlessleader - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        Huh. I assumed it was supposed to be “picked,” but if we’re using “mocked” now to mean “picked in a mock draft,” well, that’s a much more serious transgression. I’ll go be a miserable purist in private. Carry on. :)

      • Drew Silva - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        Ha. It’s a pretty common usage, I believe.

      • paperlions - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        It is common, but still incorrect. Like saying something “manifests itself” (a very common mis-usage in print media)….phenomena simply manifest (the reflexive is redundant and unnecessary).

      • fearlessleader - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        I absolutely believe you, but god, it’s awful. And it makes me picture the old “Saturday Night Live” “DO YOU MOCK ME?” skit performed by a bunch of hopeful draftees instead of John Malkovich and Jon Lovitz.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Frankly, I don’t think it’s all that common. Unless you are a draftnik or a fantasy writer.

      • wlschneider09 - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:34 AM

        In fact a quick google of “mocked in round” returned exactly 10 results, all from draft type blogs or columns.

        Wheras a google of “mocked for being” (the more traditional and common use of the word) returned for 12,000 plus results.

  3. paperlions - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I wish I would have a tough week, in which I both could become a multimillionaire for playing a game and also had the chance to compete for a national championship. The poor guy’s life must be a horrible burden to bear.

    • jwbiii - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Really. Do your best for the rest of the tournament, take your $3M, head off to State College, and have a nice career.

  4. shanabartels - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    There’s something so bratty about a top ten draft pick pouting because he wasn’t picked first.

  5. raysfan1 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Stanford vs Florida State…
    1) Is not part of the College World Series; that is applied only to the final 8 teams, the ones that get to go to Omaha.
    2) Is a Super Regional matchup. Stanford is thus already in the second round of the NCAA championship, having advanced past Fresno State, Michigan State, and Pepperdine in the Regionals (the first round).

    Florida State is the #3 national seed and thus favored over Stanford. As a ‘Noles fan, I was quite pleased with the 17-1 result today, nothing against young Mr Appel.

    • ptfu - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      The Appel fell far, and may bring down the Tree.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Jun 9, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Kris Benson got shelled in the CWS and never turned out. Interesting.
    (im sure plenty of guys have done well though in the same situation). It does raise questions about mental toughness though.

    • ptfu - Jun 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

      Whatever. Even great pitchers get shelled once in a while. One game means squat in describing Appel’s mental toughness or predicting his career.

      Kris Benson’s career wasn’t a total disappointment. He met his future wife Anna while in the minors. You’ll understand when you Google “Anna Benson” :-)

    • brewcrewfan54 - Jun 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

      In my defense, I was hammered when I wrote that last night.

  7. buster6670 - Jun 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    So this Prima Donna doesn’t want to play for the Pirates? This is exactly why some people wish to see these guys fail. They have no concept of reality or how lucky they are.

  8. Andy - Jun 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    I don’t think one outing in the College World Series is going to have a huge impact on negotiations.

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