Appel still not a lock for No. 1 pick

Updated: February 19, 2012, 5:19 PM ET
By Keith Law

Stanford RHP Mark Appel is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick for this June's Rule 4 draft, but unlike Stephen Strasburg or Bryce Harper in their draft years, Appel is far from a lock to still be on top in June. On Friday night, he started for Stanford in its season opener and showed some reasons why he might go off the board first -- and some reasons why he might not.