No. 1 MLB draft pick Appel joining ValleyCats on Friday
Pitcher Mark Appel, who was the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros last month, will make his professional debut Friday for the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Appel will start against the Lowell Spinners.
Appel was 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA during his senior season at Stanford. In his four years at Stanford, Appel set the school record for strikeouts, with 372.
He was the Pittsburgh Pirates' first-round pick last year, but Appel, a Houston native, opted to return to Stanford for his senior season.