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Mark Appel

2013, Houston Astros

Pitcher, Stanford

Appel was considered a possible top pick last year, but Houston passed on the hometown kid. He slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8 but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season. The move paid off for Appel, a hard-throwing righty with a fastball in the mid-90s (mph). After going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106⅓ innings this season for the Cardinal, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel is expected to fetch about $2 million more than he passed on with the Pirates.

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