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Appel earns additional All-American honors

The National College Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America each included Mark Appel in its respective All-America listing Wednesday.

Appel was a first-team selection by the NCBWA and a second-team pick by Baseball America.

Appel, who last week was selected by the Houston Astros with the number one overall pick of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, leaves Stanford as its career leader in strikeouts (372), while ranking fourth in innings pitched (377.2) and sixth with 28 wins.

During his senior campaign, the senior right-handed pitcher fanned a conference-best 130 batters while going 10-4 in 14 starts and tossed four complete games. He issued just 23 walks and allowed 17 extra-base hits in 106.1 innings. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-year Friday night starter for the Cardinal, Appel is in contention for a number of national postseason awards, including the Senior CLASS Award.

Appel averaged 7.6 innings per appearance, 11.0 strikeouts per game and boasted a 5.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2013. He held opponents to a career-low .203 clip in 14 appearances and only twice allowed more than three earned runs.

— Stanford Athletics

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