<bold>Pitcher, Stanford</bold> Appel was considered a possible top pick in 2012, but Houston initially 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. In 2013, again holding the No.1 pick, the Astros made their move for Appel, a hard-throwing righty with a fastball in the mid-90s (mph). The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel inked a $6.35 million deal with the Astros after going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA as a senior at Stanford. He had pitched 52 innings at Class A or lower as of June 1, 2014, with a career ERA of 6.02 and 48 strikeouts.