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  1. Astros sign No. 41 pick Lance McCullers for double slot value at $2.5 million

    Jun 18, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Part of the Astros’ strategy in drafting Carlos Correa with the No. 1 overall pick was their ability to sign him to a below-slot bonus and use the savings to snag a tough-to-sign player later. That player turned out to be high school right-hander Lance McCullers, who was considered a top-20 prospect based on talent…

  2. Padres sign No. 7 pick Max Fried for $3 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

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    San Diego and No. 7 overall pick Max Fried have agreed to a $3 million deal that’s the exact slot amount for the pick. Fried, a high school left-hander from California, ranked seventh on Baseball America‘s list of the top players in the class and ESPN.com rated him fifth, behind only Byron Buxon, Carlos Correa,…

  3. Cardinals sign No. 19 pick Michael Wacha for $1.9 million

    Jun 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the list of first-rounders signing early, as the Cardinals and No. 19 pick Michael Wacha have agreed to a deal. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the starting pitcher from Texas A&M will get $1.9 million, which is the exact slot bonus for the pick. Baseball America…

  4. 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…

  5. Royals sign No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer for $3 million

    Jun 7, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa has already agreed to a contract with the Astros and the Royals announced that No. 5 overall pick Kyle Zimmer is also under contract just three days after being drafted. Zimmer is a right-handed starter from the University of San Francisco who many draft experts felt was neck and…

  6. Astros, No. 1 pick Carlos Correa have verbal agreement

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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    Astros owner Jim Crane told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggert that the team and Carlos Correa have come to a verbal agreement less than 48 hours after he was picked first overall in the MLB draft. Correa is expected to get around $5 million, which would leave the Astros with over $6 million to sign the rest…

  7. Report: Mark Appel turned down $6 million from Astros

    Jun 5, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

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    It shocked many when the Astros decided to go with shortstop Carlos Correa over Stanford right-hander Mark Appel with the first pick in the MLB draft. As many speculated, Appel’s bonus demands may well have made the choice for them. A source told Tom Krasovic that Appel, who is being advised by Scott Boras, turned…

  8. First-round winners and losers from the MLB draft

    Jun 4, 2012, 11:33 PM EDT

    Marcus Stroman

    Sure, one generally has to wait four or five years to really sit back and analyze how a draft turned out. But why let that stop us from picking some winners and losers from Monday evening’s first round. Winners Dodgers – Corey Seager will likely prove to be a tough sign, but the high school…

  9. MLB draft picks 21-31: Blue Jays land potential impact reliever

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    No. 21 – Atlanta Braves – High school right-hander Lucas Sims The Braves taking a local product? Get outta here. Sims is highly-regarded for his velocity, topping out at 97 mph on his heater, but his breaking ball is considered one of the best of from this year’s high school crop of talent. No. 22…

  10. MLB draft picks 16-20: The Nationals take a chance with Lucas Giolito

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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    No. 16 – Washington Nationals -High school right-hander Lucas Giolito With their lowest pick since the franchise arrived to D.C. in 2005, it didn’t look like the Nationals would be able to snag an elite talent like the previous three drafts with Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. They may have lucked out here.…

  11. MLB draft picks 11-15: A’s, Mets pick high school shortstops

    Jun 4, 2012, 8:21 PM EDT

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    No. 11 – Oakland Athletics – high school SS Addison Russell The A’s buck their trend and go with a high school player in the first round for the first time since the Jeremy Bonderman selection had Billy Beane throwing chairs in 2001. Russell projects as a third baseman in the eyes of most, but…

  12. MLB draft picks 6-10: Pirates halt Mark Appel’s free-fall

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

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    No. 6 – Chicago Cubs – high school OF Albert Almora Alm0ra is considered exceptionally polished for a high school player, already possessing plenty of experience with Team USA. His tools aren’t necessarily what expects from a high first-round pick, but he does have the speed to last in center field and a line drive…

  13. MLB draft picks 2-5: Mariners take catcher Mike Zunino

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    No. 2 – Minnesota Twins – high school OF Byron Buxton The Astros pulled off a surprise pick and left Mark Appel on the board, but the Twins stuck with the guy most expected them to take. Buxton, 18, is a pure center fielder with a big-time arm — he just had an 18-strikeout game…

  14. Astros select shortstop Carlos Correa first overall

    Jun 4, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    The Astros shocked everyone Monday night, selecting Puerto Rican shortstop Carlos Correa with the first overall pick in the MLB draft. It was widely anticipated that the Astros would take Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, who certainly could have made an impact much sooner than the 17-year-old Correa. The Astros went with potential, though. Correa’s stock…

  15. It’s Draft Day

    Jun 4, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Mark Appel

    The Rule 4 draft is today. ┬áThat’s the fancy way of saying “the regular old draft.” It used to go on until teams got tired of picking, maybe reaching a hundred rounds. Then it was cut to 50. It’s now a crisp 40 rounds. I fully expect you have your team’s 40 picks all mapped…

  16. Baseball America mock draft has Astros taking Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with No. 1 pick

    May 10, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Jim Callis of Baseball America just published his first mock draft with about four weeks to go until the actual picks start on June 4. The whole thing is worth reading, as Callis gives plenty of analysis along with the projected picks, but to whet your appetite he has the Astros selecting Stanford pitcher Mark…

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