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2012 MLB Mock Draft: Minor League Ball Also Has Mark Appel Going To Astros

The 2012 MLB Draft begins on Monday June 4 and with draft fast approaching those who follow the draft closely are putting up their final mock drafts. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 overall selection and have already been rumored to be taking Stanford Cardinal right-handed pitcher Mark Appel.

Over at SB Nation's Minor League Ball they have two final mock drafts by John Sickels and Matt Garrioch, and they both have the Astros taking Appel.

There is not a lot to add about the pick, but here is what Garrioch says about Appel:

Appel is a originally from Houston and I have heard that Luhnow and company have been following him hard. I would bet that Buxton is their No. 2 option.

Here is Sickels' take on Appel going to the Astros:

He's got a great arm, and he made a lot of progress this spring putting to rest concerns about a past lack of statistical dominance.

There are always surprises in the draft, but Appel to the Astros does not seem to be one of those surprises.

For more on the Astros, be sure to check out the Crawfish Boxes, and for more on the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft, head on over to Minor League Ball.

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