It did not take long for the Houston Astros to ink a deal with starting pitcher Mark Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2013 MLB Draft. I say that with quite amazement considering his agent, Scott Boras, usually likes to drag out negotiations in order to get the biggest bang for his buck. However, Appel receiving a $6.35 million signing bonus feels good for everyone involved.
“This is the most significant investment the Astros have made in their history in an amateur player and we hope we’re investing a lot in him in the future,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said, according to Astros.com. “We believe it’s going to be a long-term relationship. This is the beginning step; it’s not the end. It’s very exciting.”
Fans are already hoping they see Appel in the majors sooner rather than later as he is expected to be a tremendous baseball talent. The Houston native cannot wait for his time in the big leagues either as he believes he will be ready to suit up quicker than most people will think. However, all that matters to him is that when his time does come he is able to bring the Astros name back to glory.
“I think the Major Leagues would be awesome,” Appel said, according to Astros.com. “Again, I don’t know how realistic that is. Hopefully, it can be very realistic. A lot of it is out of my control. I’m just going to focus on going out and giving my best every time out.”
The soon-to-be 22-year-old posted a 28-13 career with a 2.91 earned run average, 369 strikeouts and 11 complete games in 70 games (49 starts) over a four-year span at Stanford University.
Houston would like to see Appel pitch in Double-A at some point this year. If he can get to the level before the season is over then that is a huge success for both the organization and him.