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Mark Appel tops Baseball America’s rankings for 2013 draft

Aug 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

Mark Appel

Now, admittedly August of 2012 is ridiculously early to be thinking about the June of 2013 draft, but Baseball America just released their top-50 rankings and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel holds the top spot after declining to sign with the Pirates as the No. 8 pick this year.

Pittsburgh will get the No. 9 pick next year as compensation for being unable to sign Appel, who turned down the $3.8 million maximum amount the Pirates could offer without losing a draft pick and will now return to college for his senior season.

If he ends up being the No. 1 pick next year Appel will likely make significantly more than $3.8 million, but then again the Astros figure to have the No. 1 pick in 2013 and they passed on him with the top pick this year. Appel (and agent Scott Boras) will also have much less leverage this time around, as returning to Stanford will no longer be an option, and of course he must avoid an injury.

Generally speaking Baseball America pegs the 2013 draft class as not particularly strong, much like the 2012 version, and in addition to Appel college pitchers hold the No. 2 (Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek) and No. 3 spots (Indiana State left-hander Sean Manaea) in their rankings.

  1. ezthinking - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    The Rockies should get the number 2 pick so it doesn’t get much better for him there.

  2. stex52 - Aug 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    I havve no idea if the Astros would bypass Appel again. I’m sure they don’t know yet. But the whole thrust in 2012 was to get a quality choice at #1 and while reserving enough to get McCullers at #41 in the sandwich round. McCullers was also a Boras client, so Scott’s probably not too bent out of shape about the whole thing. And the general assessment at the time was that Appel might have been the top, but that all of the top eight were close in quality.

    Now Appel may feel differently about the whole exercise. But I imagine the Astros would still consider him. He has local boy appeal and less leverage this year.

    • paperlions - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      …but there isn’t any reason to expect the Astros to use a different approach next year, is there? They don’t need an “old” prospect who will provide immediate (or quick) return, they need to fill a LOT of spots throughout the organization….so the more quality talent they can get with their allotment, the better, right?

      The great value of the high picks now seems to be the money that can be saved by “reaching” down a few picks, which can then be used to sign a couple of hard to sign guys. There seems to be no reason to use all of that bonus for the #1 pick unless he is CLEARLY head and shoulders (and maybe pecs) above everyone else…otherwise, take the subequal guy that will take the least money and use the savings on more talent.

      • stex52 - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:59 PM

        Personal opinion? Of course they don’t go for Appel. Way too much risk with the way last draft played out. Besides, they got McCullers, which appears to have ratified their decision.

        But I don’t know that I can predict any of that. I looked on line and a 2013 mock draft had them picking a HS outfielder out of California (don’t remember the name).

        You are almost certainly right in your assessment. But they are going to have to man up with some really high pitching prospects at some point in the near future.

      • stex52 - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        BTW, the mock draft I saw did not show Appel going in the first round. A lot of people may be thinking that way.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I’ve been meaning to ask how to pronounce his last name. Is it apple like the fruit? Or is it more like “uh-pell”? It’s driving me mad, mad I tell you!

    • stex52 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Per the local press, it’s like the fruit.

      • foreverchipper10 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM


      • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

        Appel is a fruit you say. Very interesting.

  4. theawesomersfranchise - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Never too early

  5. whitdog23 - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    hope the astros draft him and more players wake up to boras’ ridiculous tactics

    • paperlions - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Those ridiculous tactics that make players more money? Those tactics? The players are still the one’s calling the shots, if the player isn’t willing to take the gamble, then he doesn’t.

  6. icanspeel - Aug 3, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    The interesting thing is his stock is so high right now.. it most likely will only go down if he has any issues playing this next year before the draft. Even if he has no issues, he could fall into the same predicament that he did this year with teams just not wanting to spend that much on 1 player. I think him not signing has more risk that reward.. if anything he is 1 year back from being in the majors which eventually would pay more than any signing bonus.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      The “time value of money” can be of significant importance in determining long term wealth.

  7. richie500 - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Screw Appel and Boras, hope he has a terrible year and drops farther in next year’s draft!
    Pirate Fan….

    • paperlions - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      Yeah….more money for the owners! Wait..what?

  8. rcali - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    Don’t they mean the draft class of 2014 after he’s convinced by Boras to turn down $6-8 mill again? Um, eventually he has to leave college.

  9. dluxxx - Aug 3, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    I hope he drops to the Pirates again and they offer him less money.

  10. opshuns - Aug 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    It is about time that MLB start porking Boras. I do hope Appel gets A LOT less money…

  11. onbucky96 - Aug 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Isn’t Satan his agent? Or his he just “an advisor”? Borras makes Drew Rosenhaus seem like a candidate for Time Magazine Man of the year. Hope Appel loses this tool before next June, lest Satan hold him out another year, a la JD Drew.

  12. psunick - Aug 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    That’s what the Pirates get for picking the forbidden fruit.

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