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2012 MLB Draft Prospect: Scouting Stanford Ace Mark Appel

Published by on May 29, 2012

Stanford ace right-hander Mark Appel is likely to be the first overall pick of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft for the Houston Astros next week.  I scouted Appel at Sunken Diamond back in March when Stanford hosted USC.

I sat behind home plate and charted each of his 113 pitches using the stadium radar gun.  Appel threw a complete game, allowing six hits, two walks, and two runs, while striking out seven.  He induced eleven grounders, eight flyballs and six line drives. 

Appel's fastball topped out at 96 Miles Per Hour (MPH), while sitting between 89-96 MPH and averaging close to 94 MPH.  By my count, he threw 65 fastballs, 30 curveballs and 18 changeups.  His curveball and changeup both sat in the 80-86 MPH range. 

For a college pitcher with a fastball that was averaging over 93 MPH and hitting 95-96 through the 9th inning, I expected more swing-throughs.  However, USC only swung and missed nine times by my count: four times against the fastball, twice against the curve and three times against the change.  Three of the sev...

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