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Astros make Mark Appel top pick

Updated: June 7, 2013, 4:46 AM ET
Associated Press

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- This time, the Houston Astros couldn't resist drafting Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick.

Houston selected the hard-throwing Stanford pitcher with the top choice in the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night, a year after passing on the hometown kid and instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.

"I talked to him and told him: 'Welcome home," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "It's a kid's dream to go first in the country, first ...

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