Thursday, June 6, 2013

Reactions to the Appel drafting

(This is a running post of the reaction to the 1-1 signing)

Mark Appel's reaction:
I'm coming home, I'm coming home! Tell the world, I'm coming home! #GodIsGreat #Astros

The Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers:
By skipping Appel last year, they wind up with Carlos Correa (who is a real stud) and Appel, a year older and more polished. Impressive.

The Dan Patrick Show's Paul Pabst:
Mark Appel is 50-50 to start for the Astros vs. KC tomorrow.

Keith Law agrees with the pick.

Appel immediately becomes the club's top prospect, and could impact how they manage the likes of Lucas Harrell and Bud Norris moving forward.

Alyson Footer:
So now Astros have Carlos Correa and Mark Appel. I'd say that's a pret-tay pre-tay, pret-tay good situation for the club's future.

Jeff Luhnow:
"We're absolutely thrilled this came to a conclusion today we selected Mark Appel. We believe he's a premium talent."

Stanford head baseball coach Mark Marquess:
"Our program could not be happier for Mark Appel. Mark ranks right up there with the elite pitchers to play for Stanford. He has not only been an incredible performer and leader on the field, but a great human being off the field."

Scott Boras, on getting Appel signed:
"Certainly that is our intention. We're gonna do our best to move forward on this as quickly as possible and have Mark Appel begin his career as a Houston Astro."

Baseball America:
With the pick, you have to wonder if the Astros are working on some sort of package deal with another high-profile pitcher advised by Scott Boras, Indiana State lefthander Sean Manaea, if he gets to the Astros second pick at No. 40.