Report: Stanford pitcher Mark Appel may not sign with Pittsburgh Pirates

Tuesday July 10th, 2012

Star college pitcher Mark Appel is leaning toward turning down a contract offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates and returning to Stanford, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

[tweet https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/222416130936029185]

Appel, who was projected by many to go with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft, fell to Pittsburgh at No. 8, at least partly because of concerns over whether he would sign. The new slotting restrictions limit the Pirates' flexibility in trying to sign Appel.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.