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2012 MLB Draft: Stanford Pitcher Mark Appel’s Incredible Journey

Published by on June 4, 2012

In 1992, the Houston Astros selected Phil Nevin, a third baseman from Cal State Fullerton with the No. 1 overall pick—ahead of a certain high school shortstop named Derek Jeter, who was picked sixth overall by the New York Yankees. Nevin wound up playing just 18 games for the Astros, while Jeter has over 3,000 career hits for the Yankees and is a lock for the Hall of Fame when he retires.

Two decades later, the Astros have the No. 1 pick in the MLB draft once again, and they will attempt not to make the same mistake again.

Stanford pitcher Mark Appel has been projected to be the first pick for most of the season, and ESPN’s Jim Bowden tweeted the following on Sunday afternoon, citing an unnamed source:

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