Top Pick Analysis: Pirates Take Appel

The decision is final and the pick has been made. How did your favorite team do with their top draft choice? Here at we've got you covered. We're breaking down each of the top picks as they happen on draft day, with a combination of first-hand scouting reports from National Baseball Expert, Frankie Piliere, and quotes from scouts. Let's now take a look at Pittsburgh's top selection.

Mark Appel

Position: Pitcher
School: Stanford
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: R/R

Expert's Take:

After getting multiple looks at Appel throughout last summer, it was clear to me what kind of upside was there. You don't come across arms that work that easily and produce that type of velocity very often. If you can keep him working down in the zone at 93-97 mph, and locating that breaking ball, he can be pretty close to unhittable even at the professional level. And, if he doesn't pan out completely, the floor is still pretty high.

- Frankie Piliere

Scout Quote:

"He's a guy that's just scratching the surface. That's not always the case with college arms. The delivery, the raw stuff and the body are all there. He's just figuring out how good he is."

Ceiling: #1 Starter (8)

Ceiling grades based on combination of industry consensus and first hand scouting reports and use the standard 2-8 scouting scale.

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