Breaking down Pirates No. 1 pick Appel 

June, 9, 2012

Mark Appel Larry Goren/AP PhotoOnce considered the possible top pick in the draft, Appel slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8.
Much ink has been spilled on Stanford righty and Pirates first-round pick Mark Appel since the draft on Monday. Much of it has been centered around how Appel, a contender for the No. 1 overall pick, slipped to eighth overall and how the new collective bargaining agreement's draft values and Appel's perceived bonus demands might have impacted his slide.

The underreported story is that while Appel might have been the consensus top pitcher in the draft, each team's draft board differs greatly and more than a few teams had Appel fourth in a tightly-packed top group of arms including LSU righty Kevin Gausman (fourth overall to Baltimore), USF righty Kyle Zimmer (fifth overall to Kansas City) and California prep lefty Max Fried (seventh overall to San Diego).