Chicago Cubs: Dean Stotz

Appel could be the right fit for Cubs

June, 4, 2013
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- Getting ready to make an organizational decision that will have impact for years to come, the Chicago Cubs have a big choice to make on Thursday night when they pick No. 2 overall in the draft.

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AP Photo/Larry GorenMark Appel was 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA in his senior season with Stanford.
By now you know the players who could be available, including two stud pitchers -- Mark Appel of Stanford and Jonathan Gray of Oklahoma. Appel might be the bigger name considering he's represented by Scott Boras and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates eighth overall last year, before going back to Stanford for his senior season. By many accounts he got better.

"When he came back he was under a microscope every single time he went out (pitched)," Stanford associate head coach Dean Stotz said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "Every single time. And to perform what he did given that circumstance. You've got the ‘it' factor for me."

It's the reason Stotz believes Appel would be a "perfect" fit for the Cubs considering the attention he would garner compared to Houston, which picks No. 1, even though that's where Appel grew up.

"I think he'd be a great fit, I really do," Stotz said of Chicago. "I think he would be on a fast track."

It's hard to know if the Cubs care about Appel being on a fast track, not with a total rebuild going on within the organization. But they must like his makeup and his numbers. Appel was 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA for the Cardinal. He struck out 130 in 106 innings his senior year after turning down $3.8 million from the Pirates last summer.

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