Entries in MLB Draft (4)


Houston Astros Make Mark Appel Top Draft Pick 

Major League Baseball (SECAUCUS, N.J.) --  The Houston Astros drafted Stanford pitcher Mark  Appel with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday night.

"I talked to him and told him: 'Welcome home," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "It's a kid's dream to go first in the country, first in the draft and to be taken by your hometown team. It just doesn't get any better than that. It's also really a great opportunity for us."

Appel had the chance to be a top pick last year, but the Astros passed on the hometown kid.  He slid to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth-overall pick, but chose to turn down the $3.8 million offer and return to Stanford for his senior season.

The hard-throwing righty went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA for Stanford last season, and he is expected to earn about double the amount he passed up from the Pirates.

"No matter what happened in the draft, I knew I had done everything that was in my control to put myself in the best situation possible," Appel Said.

It was the fourth time the Astros had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

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Pirates First Round Pick Staying in School

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- Pittsburgh Pirates first round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft Mark Appel has decided to play his senior season at Stanford instead of joining the Pirates organization. 

Appel, who was offered $3.8 million from the Pirates, becomes the first big name who didn't sign due to baseball's new restrictions on amateur signing bonuses.

Appel was selected with the eighth pick in the draft. Under the new restrictions, that pick was assigned $2.9 million from the drafting team's bonus pool. The Pirates were willing to go 5 percent over the threshold and accept the first level of penalty, a 75 percent tax on the overage, but they weren't willing to go further beyond the threshold where the penalties would include the loss of future draft picks.

"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," Appel said in a statement. "I greatly valued the prospect of a professional opportunity and I will pursue a professional baseball career after getting my Stanford degree."

This is the second time Appel has failed to sign after being drafted. In 2009 the Detroit Tigers took him in the 15th round of the draft but went to Stanford.

With Apel not signing, the Pirates will now receive an extra first-round pick in the 2013 draft.

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Report: Lasorda Hospitalized Following Heart Attack

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda suffered a heart attack in New York Monday and is hospitalized according to the team.

The 84-year-old Lasorda was in Manhattan representing the Dodgers at the MLB draft when he fell ill. He was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he is resting comfortably. The Dodgers say he could be release as early as Wednesday.

During his 20-year career as skipper of the Dodgers (1976-1996), Lasorda compiled a 1,599-1,439 record, leading them to two World Series Championships. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Carlos Correa Goes First in MLB Draft

Major League Baseball(SEACAUCUS, N.J.) -- The Houston Astros selected 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa with the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.

"I feel so excited to be the number one pick," Correa said to the MLB Network. "I worked hard to be here. Right now we are doing a great job to be here, and I feel proud and excited."

Correa become the first player from Puerto Rico to be picked first in the draft.

Correa was Houstons first pick in a draft since it drafted Phil Nevin first in 1992.

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