Mark Appel went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA in 2013.
Stanford Athletics

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Houston Astros selected Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.

Appel was considered a possible top pick last year, but Houston passed on the hometown kid and instead chose 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. Appel slid to Pittsburgh at No. 8, but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season.

The move paid off for Appel, a hard-throwing righty with a fastball in the mid-90s. After going 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 106.1 innings this season for the Cardinal, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Appel is expected to fetch about $2 million more than he passed on with the Pirates.

"This is just a surreal moment for me and my family," Appel said in an interview on MLB Network. "Just knowing that I'm going back home is a real honor."

The deadline for teams to sign draft picks is July 12, but that doesn't apply to Appel because he is a college senior.

The draft, which is held during three days and 40 rounds, started Thursday night with the first two rounds at MLB Network Studios.

It was the consecutive season that the first pick was uncertain going into the draft, with Oklahoma right-hander Jonathan Gray and a pair of college third basemen -- North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant -- thought to be in the mix for Houston.

It was the fourth time the Astros had the No. 1 pick, and it joined Tampa Bay (2007-08) and Washington (2009-10) as teams to have the top selection in consecutive years. The draft order is determined by reverse finish -- worst to best -- in the overall standings from last season.

With the No. 2 pick, the Chicago Cubs selected Bryant, who led Division I college players with 31 home runs this season. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior is a Golden Spikes finalist and Collegiate Baseball magazine's national player of year who also was leading the nation with 66 walks, 80 runs scored and an .820 slugging percentage.

Gray went third overall to the Colorado Rockies. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound flamethrower helped pitched the Sooners into the super regionals of the NCAA tournament, going 10-2 with a 1.59 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 119 innings. He throws a fastball in the mid-to upper-90s, reaching 100 mph at times with an effortless delivery.

Colorado apparently was not scared off by published reports that cited unidentified sources who said Gray tested positive for the medication Adderall during baseball's pre-draft drug testing program.

The first high school player picked was pitcher Kohl Stewart, who went to the Minnesota Twins at No. 4. A right-hander from Tomball, Texas, Stewart has signed to play baseball and football at Texas A&M -- where he would likely be a backup to Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel at quarterback.

The Cleveland Indians followed by grabbing Clint Frazier, a high school outfielder from Georgia who was at MLB Network Studios to hear his name called by Commissioner Bud Selig.

''I've had a lot of people tell me I'm going to be a fan favorite because of my red hair,'' Frazier said. ''People put me on a pedestal, like no one else has red hair.''

Of the nine prospects in attendance, Frazier was the first to be selected. The second came when the New York Mets chose sweet-swinging California high school first baseman Dominic Smith at No. 11.

North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, the nephew of former big league All-Star B.J. Surhoff -- the No. 1 overall pick in 1985 by Milwaukee -- went sixth overall to the Miami Marlins. Moran was the ACC Player of the Year, a Golden Spikes Award finalist and led the Tar Heel offense to the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed. He's hitting .348 with 13 home runs and 86 RBIs heading into the super regionals.

The Boston Red Sox, picking as high as seventh for the first time since drafting Trot Nixon in the same spot in 1993, took Indiana high school lefty Trey Ball. He was an outstanding pitcher and hitter in high school, but considered by most scouts to have greater potential on the mound at the pro level. Ball was announced as a pitcher.

Stephen F. Austin slugging shortstop Hunter Dozier was the No. 8 overall pick by Kansas City.

The Pittsburgh Pirates, with the No. 9 pick it got as compensation for not signing Appel last year, selected Georgia high school outfielder Austin Meadows. He grew up playing travel ball with Frazier, but the two went to different high schools a few miles apart in the same town of Loganville. Scouts were extremely interested in both Meadows and Frazier, who were labeled the top two high school position players in the draft.

''He's one of my best friends and we've been through this process together since we were like nine years old,'' Frazier said. ''I'm going to call him, and wherever he goes, I'm going to support him.''

Rounding out the top-10 picks, Toronto chose hard-throwing California high school right-hander Phil Bickford.

2013 Major League Baseball Draft Selections
1 Mark Appel Houston Astros Stanford RHP R/R Sr. 6'4" 195 lbs.
DOB: 07/15/91
2 Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs UC San Diego 3B R/R Jr. 6'5" 215 lbs.
DOB: 01/04/92
3 Jonathan Gray Colorado Rockies Oklahoma RHP R/R Jr. 6'4" 245 lbs.
DOB: 11/05/91
4 Kohl Stewart Minnesota Twins St. Pius X HS (Texas) RHP R/R HS 6'3" 210 lbs.
DOB: 10/07/94
5 Clint Frazier Cleveland Indians Loganville HS (Ga.) OF R/R HS 5'11" 185 lbs. DOB: 09/06/94
6 Colin Moran Miami Marlins North Carolina 3B L/R Jr. 6'4" 215 lbs.
DOB: 10/01/92
7 Trey Ball Boston Red Sox New Castle Chrysler HS (Ind.) LHP L/L HS 6'5" 175 lbs.
DOB: 06/27/94
8 Hunter Dozier Kansas City Royals Stephen F. Austin SS R/R Jr. 6'4" 220 lbs.
DOB: 08/22/91
9 Austin Meadows Pittsburgh Pirates Grayson HS (Ga.) CF L/L HS 6'2" 195 lbs.
DOB: 05/03/95
10 Phillip Bickford Toronto Blue Jays Oaks Christian HS (Calif.) RHP R/R HS 6'4" 200 lbs
DOB: 07/10/95
11 Dominic Smith New York Mets Junipero Serra HS (Calif.) 1B L/L HS 6'0" 185 lbs.
DOB: 06/15/95
12 D.J. Peterson Seattle Mariners New Mexico 3B R/R Jr. 6'1" 205 lbs.
DOB: 12/31/91
13 Hunter Renfroe San Diego Padres Mississippi State RF R/R Jr. 6'1" 210 lbs.
DOB: 01/28/92
14 Reese McGuire Pittsburgh Pirates Kentwood Senior HS (Wash.) C L/R HS 6'1" 195 lbs.
DOB: 03/02/95
15 Braden Shipley Arizona Diamondbacks Nevada RHP R/R Jr. 6'3" 190 lbs.
DOB: 02/22/92
16 J.P. Crawford Philadelphia Phillies Lakewood HS (Calif.) SS L/R HS 6'2" 180 lbs.
DOB: 01/11/95
17 Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox East Central Community College SS R/R J2 6'1" 180 lbs.
DOB: 06/23/93
18 Chris Anderson Los Angeles Dodgers Jacksonville RHP R/R Jr. 6'4" 215 lbs.
DOB: 07/29/92
19 Marco Gonzales St. Louis Cardinals Gonzaga LHP L/L Jr. 6'0" 195 lbs.
DOB: 02/16/92
20 Jonathon Crawford Detroit Tigers Florida RHP R/R Jr. 6'2" 205 lbs.
DOB: 11/01/91
21 Nick Ciuffo Tampa Bay Rays Lexington HS (S.C.) C L/R HS 6'1" 205 lbs.
DOB: 03/07/95
22 Hunter Harvey   Baltimore Orioles Bandys HS (N.C.) RHP R/R HS 6'3" 175 lbs.
DOB: 12/09/94
23 Alex Gonzalez   Texas Rangers Oral Roberts RHP R/R Jr. 6'3" 200 lbs.
DOB: 01/15/92
24 Billy McKinney   Oakland Athletics Plano West Sr. HS (Texas) CF L/L HS 6'1" 195 lbs.
DOB: 08/23/94
25 Christian Arroyo    San Francisco Giants Hernando HS (Fla.) SS R/R HS 5'11" 185 lbs.
DOB: 05/30/95
26 Eric Jagielo    New York Yankees Notre Dame 3B L/R Jr. 6'3" 210 lbs.
DOB: 05/17/92
27 Phillip Ervin Cincinnati Reds Samford CF R/R Jr. 5'10" 200 lbs.
DOB: 07/15/92
28 Rob Kaminsky St. Louis Cardinals St. Joseph Regional School (N.J.) LHP R/L HS 5'11" 191 lbs.
DOB: 09/02/94
29 Ryne Stanek  Tampa Bay Rays Arkansas RHP R/R Jr. 6'4" 190 lbs.
DOB: 07/26/91
30 Travis Demeritte Texas Rangers Winder Barrow HS (Ga.) SS R/R HS 6'0" 178 lbs.
DOB: 09/30/94
31 Jason Hursh Atlanta Braves Oklahoma State RHP R/ Jr. 6'3" 195 lbs.
DOB: 10/02/91
32 Aaron Judge New York Yankees Fresno State CF R/R Jr. 6'7" 255 lbs.
DOB: 04/26/92
33 Ian Clarkin  New York Yankees Madison HS (Calif.) LHP L/L HS 6'2" 205 lbs.
DOB: 02/14/95
34 Sean Manaea Kansas City Royals Indiana State LHP R/L Jr. 6'5" 215 lbs.
DOB: 02/01/92
35 Matt Krook Miami Marlins St. Ignatius College Prep (Calif.) LHP L/L HS 6'4" 200 lbs.
DOB: 10/21/94
36 Aaron Blair Arizona Diamondbacks Marshall RHP R/R Jr. 6'4" 220 lbs.
DOB: 05/26/92
37 Josh Hart  Baltimore Orioles Parkview HS (Ga.) CF L/L HS 5'11" 172 lbs.
DOB: 10/02/94
38 Michael Lorenzen Cincinnati Reds Cal State Fullerton RHP R/R Jr. 6'03" 195 lbs DOB: 01/04/92
39 Corey Knebel Detroit Tigers Texas RHP R/R Jr. 6'3" 210 lbs.
DOB: 11/26/91
40 Andrew Thurman   Houston Astros UC Irvine RHP R/R Jr. 6'3" 200 lbs.
DOB: 12/10/91
41 Rob Zastryzny Chicago Cubs Missouri LHP R/L Jr. 6'3" 205 lbs.
DOB: 03/26/92
42 McMahon, Ryan  Colorado Rockies Mater Dei HS (Calif.) 3B L/R HS 6'02" 185 lbs.
DOB: 12/14/94
43 Ryan Eades Minnesota Twins LSU RHP S/R Jr. 6'3" 200 lbs.
DOB: 12/15/91
44 Trevor Williams Miami Marlins Arizona State RHP R/R Jr, 6'3" 225 lbs.
DOB: 04/25/92
45 Teddy Stankiewicz  Boston Red Sox Seminole State RHP R/R J1 6'4" 200 lbs.
DOB: 11/25/93
46 Cody Reed   Kansas City Royals Northwest Mississippi CC   LHP L/L  J2 6'5" 220 lbs.
DOB: 04/15/93
47 Clinton Hollon     Toronto Blue Jays Woodford County HS (Ky.) RHP R/R HS 6'1" 191 lbs.
DOB: 12/24/94
48 Andrew Church    New York Mets Basic HS (Nev.) RHP R/R HS  6'2" 190 lbs.
DOB: 10/07/94
49 Austin Wilson       Seattle Mariners Stanford RF R/R Jr. 6'5" 245 lbs.
DOB: 02/07/92
50 Dustin Peterson San Diego Padres Gilbert HS (Ari.) SS R/R HS 6'2" 185 lbs.
DOB: 09/10/94
51 Taylor, Blake      Pittsburgh Pirates Dana Hills HS (Calif.) LHP L/L HS 6'3" 220 lbs.
DOB: 08/17/95
52 Justin Williams Arizona Diamondbacks Terrebonne HS (La.)      SS L/R HS 6'2" 215 lbs.
DOB: 08/20/95
53 Andrew Knapp       Philadelphia Phillies California (Calif.) C S/R Jr. 6'1" 192 lbs.
DOB: 11/09/91
54 Devin Williams  Milwaukee Brewers Hazelwood West HS (Mo.) RHP R/R HS 6'3" 165 lbs.
DOB: 09/21/94
55 Tyler Danish      Chicago White Sox Durant HS (Fla.) RHP R/R HS 6'2" 190 lbs.
DOB: 09/12/94
56 Tom Windle     Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota LHP L/L Jr. 6'4" 205 lbs.
DOB: 03/10/92
57 Oscar Mercado         St. Louis Cardinals Vivian Gaither HS (Fla.) SS R/R HS 6'2" 180 lbs.
DOB: 12/16/94
58 Kevin Ziomek    Detroit Tigers Vanderbilt LHP R/L Jr. 6'3" 200 lbs.
DOB: 03/21/92
59 Hunter Green  Los Angeles Angels Warren East HS (Ky.)  LHP L/L HS 6'4" 175 lbs.
DOB: 07/12/95
60 Riley Unroe       Tampa Bay Rays Desert Ridge HS (Ari.) SS S/R HS 5'11" 180 lbs.
DOB: 08/03/95
61 Chance Sisco      Baltimore Orioles Santiago HS (Calif.) C L/R HS 6'2" 193 lbs.
DOB: 02/24/95
62 Akeem Bostick     Texas Rangers West Florence HS (S.C.) RHP R/R HS 6'4" 180 lbs.
DOB: 05/04/95
63 Dillon Overton   Oakland Athletics Oklahoma LHP L/L Jr. 6'2" 172 lbs.
DOB: 08/17/91
64 Ryder Jones San Francisco Giants Watauga HS (N.C.) 3B L/R HS 6'3" 185 lbs.
DOB: 06/07/94
65 Victor Caratini    Atlanta Braves Miami Dade CC South (Fla.)   C S/R J2 6'1" 205 lbs.
DOB: 08/17/93
66 Gosuke Katoh       New York Yankees Rancho Bernardo HS (Calif.)   2B L/R HS 6'2" 180 lbs.
DOB: 10/08/94
67 Kevin Franklin     Cincinnati Reds Gahr HS (Calif.) 3B R/R HS 6'1" 220 lbs.
DOB: 11/24/94
68 Jake Johansen Washington Nationals Dallas Baptist RHP R/R Sr. 6'6" 235 lbs.
DOB: 01/23/91
69 Jordan Paroubeck  San Diego Padres Serra HS (Calif.) CF S/R HS 6'2" 190 lbs.
DOB: 11/02/94
70 Alex Balog Colorado Rockies San Francisco RHP R/R Jr. 6'6" 225 lbs.
DOB: 07/16/92
71 Chad Pinder Oakland Athletics Virginia Tech SS R/R Jr. 6'2" 192 lbs.
DOB: 03/29/92
72 Tucker Neuhaus  Milwaukee Brewers Wharton HS (Fla.) SS L/R HS 6'3" 200 lbs.
DOB: 06/18/95
73 Colby Suggs  Miami Marlins Arkansas RHP R/R Jr. 6'0" 225 lbs.
DOB: 10/25/91