#1 Overall Pick Appel Signs With Astros, Most Likely Headed to Tri-City

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Today the Houston Astros signed pitcher Mark Appel, the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.  According to Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow, Appel will start his professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats.

Here's what Luhnow told ESPN,

"...Luhnow said that Appel will report to Houston's spring training facility in Florida next week and that he'll likely begin his professional career at short A Tri-City. He expects him to then move to Single-A Quad Cities and possibly Double-A Corpus Christi by the end of the season."

Great news to hear! Earlier this month I didn't think Appel would go to the ValleyCats but I guess they want to ease him into his professional career and start him in the New York-Penn League. Should be interesting to see how he does. There will be a lot of media attention surrounding the 2013 first overall pick. 

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