Astros sign No. 1 pick in draft

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The Houston Astros confirmed Wednesday the signing right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In his senior season at Stanford, Appel went 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA. He logged 130 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings.
The Astros had a chance last year to draft the 21-year-old Appel, who grew up in west Houston, but passed on him and the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up selecting Appel at No. 8 overall. But Appel rejected the Pirates' $3.8 million offer to return to Stanford for his final collegiate season.
"Drafting and signing Mark Appel was a top priority for our organization this year," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We are an organization focused on winning championships in the future and we expect Mark to be a big part of that effort."