Appel draws Gerrit Cole comparison
April, 29, 2013
By Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider
Larry Goren/AP PhotoStanford right-hander Mark Appel has the look of a guy ready to start his pro career soon.It was a mixed bag at best this weekend for MLB draft's 2013 class. The No. 1 player in the class faced a tough challenge in a Pac-12 rival, two former top pick challengers continued to slip and an injury to a toolsy outfielder could affect where -- and if -- he's drafted in the first-round.
I was in Eugene this weekend to check out Mark Appel and Stanford take on Oregon. Appel was solid, giving up eight hits and two runs in 8 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out nine. Appel's command wasn't perfect, but his stuff was solid and he kept the ball down, giving up just one fly ball out the entire game.