Stock watch: Mark Appel impresses 

May, 28, 2012

A mere week away from the first 60 picks of the MLB draft, clubs are now having meetings, yet still scouting players. One area in the first round that could be impacted by recent events is the college pitching crop, where seven arms are generally expected to go off the board in the top 25-30 picks.

Stanford's Mark Appel, who struck out eight over seven strong innings Friday versus California, seems to have solidified his place at or near the very top of the group, with LSU's Kevin Gausman right there, too. Until the middle of May, it appeared San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer was the third no-doubt top-10 pick among college starting pitchers, but after returning successfully from a hamstring injury two weeks ago, Zimmer was pedestrian Friday night.