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MLB Houston Astros

Pitchers Mark Appel and Andrew Thurman Great Start to Astros Draft

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Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

There are always people that are willing to find fault with a struggling organization. The Houston Astros have certainly fit the mold of a struggling organization over the past few years but the change they have slowly been going through this year is hard to ignore. Thankfully the naysayers are easier to ignore. The Astros continued their good organizational moves with their first two picks in the 2013 MLB Draft. They chose Mark Appel as the No.1 overall pick and their first pick of the second round was Andrew Thurman.

Both guys are strong right handed pitching prospects already and they aren’t even signed yet. Thurman has good stuff that is getting better already and Appel is nearly ready for a test run with the Astros this season after returning to Stanford for his senior year. They both add to the increasing pitching depth of the Astros organization which is getting better with each passing season.

Appel is a golden find here because he was actually drafted last season eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He turned down their offer and went back to college to get his degree and improve himself as a baseball player. He did both things successfully and his reward was going first overall to his hometown team.

For their part the Astros only have to worry about signing both guys which shouldn’t be a problem. Appel is represented by Scott Boras and still both sides say there should be no trouble getting him signed. That’s impressive in my book. The Astros pitching depth is impressive as well and it got even more impressive with their first two picks of this year’s draft. Yet another good move by this formerly struggling organization. They aren’t struggling anymore. Now they are on fire!

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.