Astros Give No. 1 Pick $6.35 Million Signing Bonus

HOUSTON, June 19 (UPI) -- The Houston Astros and the top overall 2013 draft pick, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, have agreed to a contract, the team announced Wednesday.

No financial details were released, but the Houston Chronicle reported Appel will receive a $6.35 million signing bonus after the right-hander turned down $3.8 million from Pittsburgh last year.

Instead of signing with the Pirates, the Houston native returned to Stanford for his senior year, where he compiled a 10-4 mark with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts over 106 1/3 innings.

"Drafting and signing Mark Appel was a top priority for our organization this year," Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. "We are an organization focused on winning championships in the future and we expect Mark to be a big part of that effort."




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