The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have selected right-handed pitcher Mark Appel
with the eighth overall selection in the annual First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was
made by Joe DelliCarri, Pirates Director of Scouting.
As a junior this year at Stanford University, Appel went 10-1 with a 2.27 ERA and 127 strikeouts
in 15 starts, including five complete games. He was named a First-Team All American by Collegiate
Baseball, a First-Team All Pac 12 selection, the 2012 Stanford Regional Most Outstanding Player
and as a semifinalist for both the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.
Appel’s 127 strikeouts ranked first among all Pac-12 pitchers, while he also struck out at least 10
batters in eight of his 10 starts. He also became the first Stanford 10-game winner since Jeff
Gilmore in 2005.
“The exceptional leadership and direction provided by Joe DelliCarri and Greg Smith and the outstanding work done by our scouts has put us in a position to add a deep and talented pool of players to the Pirates organization,” added Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.