Appel named to Futures Game roster after promotion to Triple A


Houston Astros prospect and former Stanford ace Mark Appel ('13) was named to the 2015 Futures Game roster, one day after being promoted to AAA. Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, was 5-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts for Class AA Corpus Christi.

Stanford's career strikeouts leader will play for the United States team at the Futures Game, which is slated for July 12 at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. The event starts at noon PT on MLB Network and precedes the July 14 MLB All-Star Game, also at Great American Ball Park.

Mark Appel
Other former college talent on the U.S. squad includes Aaron Nola (LSU), Bradley Zimmer (San Francisco), Tony Kemp (Vanderbilt), Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt) and Michael Conforto (Oregon State).

Appel is set to make his AAA debut Saturday for the Fresno Grizzlies against the Reno Aces.


Stanford freshman Will Spencer won the men's 4+ at the 2015 Under 23 & Senior I World Championships Trials in West Windsor, N.J. The win qualifies him for the U-23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria July 20-26.

Sitting bow seat of the four, Spencer helped the Seattle Area crew dominate the finals by over seven seconds. The winning time was 6:28.08 for Spencer and his boat mates.

On Sunday, Spencer's boat had the fastest time trials performance, but only by three seconds. They were able to more than double that advantage in the finals.

Stanford men's rowing now has had someone qualify for the U-23 World Championships in 10 straight years.


Four Stanford sailors earned All-America honors this week, as announced by the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association. The Cardinal had at least one representative in each of the three categories of All-Americans, including coed, crew, and women's.

Senior captain Kieran Chung was named a coed All-America skipper with junior skipper Antoine Screve receiving honorable mention honors. This is Screve's first All-America honor while Chung, this year's recipient of the Robert Hobbs Trophy for Sportsman of the Year, was named an All-American last season.

Senior crew Haley Kirk was named an All-America coed crew for the second time in her career, the first coming in 2013. Also a captain, Kirk saw out the development of one of the nation's most talented young group of crews this season.

Sophomore skipper Lily Katz rounded out the selections for the Cardinal, earning honorable mention All-America women's skipper honors. A sophomore from Brooklyn, New York, Katz established herself as Stanford's first-choice women's skipper over the course of an impressive season.

Track and field

Jessica Tonn, a first-team All-America competing at the U.S. Championships this week, is among three Stanford athletes to earn Academic All-America honors.

Tonn will compete in the women's 5,000-meter final on Sunday at Hayward Field. She was third on the same track at the NCAA Championships two weeks earlier and was ninth at the U.S. Championships last year in Sacramento.

Tonn was joined by Marco Bertolotti and Luke Lefebure on the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Track and Field/Cross Country teams for the 2014-15 academic year. Bertolotti and Lefebure were named to the men's first team, and Tonn to the women's second team.

— Stanford Athletics

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