Reporting Andrew Fillipponi
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) – With the first-overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros have taken Stanford pitcher Mark Appel who turned down the Pirates after they drafted him at eight overall last year.
Many articles have been written about Appel and his decision.
Andrew asks listeners to put themselves in Appel’s shoes of going back to school with money on the table.
Injury is a risk but for Appel it came down to valuing an education over taking the instant money.
People ripped him in social media, but no one should be criticizing this young man for this decision.
“Just because you draft me, doesn’t mean I have to play for you.” Andrew finds this point of view refreshing.
It’s too bad that the Bucs were the victim in this whole scenario. If Appel didn’t have agent Scott Boras in his corner, it might not have worked out. Instead, Appel gets double the money to go to his hometown.