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Stock watch: Mark Appel impresses

Updated: May 28, 2012, 12:59 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill

A mere week away from the first 60 picks of the MLB draft, clubs are now having meetings, yet still scouting players. One area in the first round that could be impacted by recent events is the college pitching crop, where seven arms are generally expected to go off the board in the top 25-30 picks.

Stanford's Mark Appel, who struck out eight over seven strong innings Friday versus California, seems to have solidified his place at or near the very top of the group, with LSU's Kevin Gausman right there, too. Until the middle of May, it appeared San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer was the third no-doubt top-10 pick among college starting pitchers, but after returning successfully from a hamstring injury two weeks ago, Zimmer was pedestrian Friday night.

He was out-dueled by St. Mary's right-hander Martin Agosto, who has a shot at being a Day 1 pick in his own right, surrendering four earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks in five innings. He did strike out eight, but was pulled after just 93 pitches and didn't have his best command, or his usual velocity.

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