How much money will it take to sign Stanford pitcher Mark Appel?
That remains to be seen, but Appel's group turned down $6 million from the Astros, according to a major league source.
Several reputable mock drafters projected that Appel would be selected by Houston with the No. 1 pick on Monday. Instead, Appel fell to and past the Padres at No. 7 before the Pirates selected him eighth. Later, the right-handed power pitcher snubbed reporters who sought to ask him about the day's events. Appel is being advised by player agent Scott Boras. Instead of drafting Appel, the Astros selected Puerto Rico prep academy shortstop Carlos Correa, who was second on the Padres' draft board. The Padres drafted Southern California high school lefty Max Fried.