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Baseball alums take a swing at professional ball

Zach Hoffpauir and Drew Jackson were tearing up Pac-12 pitching before they were selected in this June’s MLB First-Year Player Draft, and they’ve certainly made it look easy at the next level as well, as both of the departed juniors have greatly impressed at the plate in their first forays into professional baseball. Hoffpauir, who…

Baseball’s Mark Appel returns for redemption

For the past two seasons, every time senior Mark Appel stepped out onto the mound on a Friday night and looked towards home plate, he saw dozens of scouts with radar guns pointed right at him. Appel was such a can’t-miss prospect that not a soul expected to see him back at Stanford for his senior year. But when Appel fell to the eighth overall pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball’s Draft this past June, everything changed.