In the midst of a run to the Super Regionals of the College World Series, seven Stanford baseball players were selected in the MLB’s first-year player draft this Monday through Wednesday.
Based on his overpowering stuff, prototypical build and strong performance while wearing the red, white and blue for Team USA this past summer, Appel is one of the most sought-after athletes in the amateur baseball ranks.
The No. 2 Cardinal faces its highest expectations in a decade, with a trio of junior preseason All-Americans set to lead the Pac-12-favorite squad on another deep postseason run. Projected first-overall MLB-draft pick Mark Appel will start on Friday nights for the second straight year, while third baseman Stephen Piscotty and shortstop Kenny Diekroeger headline a lineup that returns seven of eight positions players.
This year, two Stanford students could achieve something that has never been done before: be the first pair of classmates picked first in both the NFL and MLB drafts.