Questions remain whether Appel is No. 1 

April, 9, 2012
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The season began with no clear No. 1 pick, and that appears to be the way it remains. Stanford right-hander Mark Appel started the campaign as the favorite to go first overall to the Houston Astros, and that might still be the case, but there's been no separation between those in the top 5.

The No. 1 talent, Appling County High School outfielder Byron Buxton, is cruising along, batting .500 at last check, but is at a disadvantage facing mediocre competition. He is, however, performing well, showing patience at the plate and displaying the overall physical tools of a No. 1 selection.