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PG National alum Appel goes No. 1

Draft : : Story
Patrick Ebert        
Published: Friday, June 07, 2013

Stanford righthanded pitcher Mark Appel was selected first overall in the 2013 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros.  Appel, a native of Houston, participated at the 2008 Perfect Game National Showcase where he topped out at 92 mph.

Here's Appel's report from that event:

Mark Appel is a 2009 RHP/OF with a 6'4'', 185 lb. frame from San Ramon, CA who attends Monte Vista HS. Appel has a very good pitchers build and uses a 3/4 arm slot and touched 92 with his fastball. He can easily throw 90 and has good arm speed. His fastball also has good life. He compliments his fastball with a 78mph slider that works, 82 mph change and also threw a 85 mph cutter. He projects well and showed athleticsm by running a 6.94 sixty. He keeps improving each time we see him and will be interesting to follow over the next year. He is also an outstanding student.

Appel was one of the top prospects eligible for the 2012 draft, but opted to return to play for Stanford after he fell to the eighth overall pick (Pittsburgh Pirates).  After going 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA as a junior, Appel followed that up with a 10-4, 2.12 season this year.

Overall, nearly half (35 of 73, 48 percent) of the players selected on Day 1 of the draft (rounds 1-2) had previously attended a Perfect Game National Showcase, 25 of which did so in 2012.

Sixty-one of the 73 players (84 percent) had previously attended a Perfect Game showcase or tournament event.  There were also 25 Perfect Game All-Americans (29 percent) selected on Day 1.

To view the full list of Perfect Game All-Americans draft please visit this story.

The National Showcase has long kicked off the draft season for the following year. This year's event will be held June 13-17, again in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Metrodome, former home of the Minnesota Twins. Similar to past years, the top 300 prospects from the 2014 graduating class will be in attendance, and many of those players will be represented on this year's Perfect Game All-American Classic rosters.

For more information on the 2013 National Showcase, please visit the event page:

The 2013 Jr. National Showcase, which consists of the top prospects from the 2015 class, will be conducted at the Metrodome the two days prior to the National, June 11-12.

Listed here are the 61 players drafted in the first two rounds of the 2013 draft that had previously attended the National Showcase:

Round Pick Player Team Year
1 1 Mark Appel Houston Astros 2008
1 2 Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs 2009
1 4 Kohl Stewart Minnesota Twins 2012
1 5 Clint Frazier Cleveland Indians 2012
1 9 Austin Meadows Pittsburgh Pirates 2012
1 11 Dominic Smith New York Mets 2012
1 14 Reese McGuire Pittsburgh Pirates 2012
1 16 J.P. Crawford Philadelphia Phillies 2012
1 21 Nick Ciuffo Tampa Bay Rays 2012
1 24 Billy McKinney Oakland Athletics 2012
1 25 Christian Arroyo San Francisco Giants 2012
1 28 Rob Kaminsky St. Louis Cardinals 2012
1 29 Ryne Stanek Tampa Bay Rays 2009
1 30 Travis Demeritte Texas Rangers 2012
1 31 Jason Hursh Atlanta Braves 2009
1 33 Ian Clarkin New York Yankees 2012
1S 37 Josh Hart Baltimore Orioles 2012


38 Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds 2009
2 44 Trevor Williams Miami Marlins 2009
2 45 Teddy Stankiewicz Boston Red Sox 2011
2 47 Clinton Hollon Toronto Blue Jays 2012
2 48 Andrew Church New York Mets 2012
2 49 Austin Wilson Seattle Mariners 2009
2 52 Justin Williams Arizona Diamondbacks 2012
2 54 Devin Williams Milwaukee Brewers 2012
2 57 Oscar Mercado St. Louis Cardinals 2012
2 58 Kevin Ziomek Detroit Tigers 2009
2 59 Hunter Green Los Angeles Angels 2012
2 60 Riley Unroe Tampa Bay Rays 2011
2 62 Akeem Bostick Texas Rangers 2012
2 64 Ryder Jones
San Francisco Giants 2012
2 66 Gosuke Katoh New York Yankees 2012
2 67 Kevin Franklin Cincinnati Reds 2012
2S 72 Tucker Neuhaus Milwaukee Brewers 2012
2S 73 Colby Suggs
Miami Marlins 2009

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