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Baseball America mock draft has Astros taking Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with No. 1 pick

Mark Appel

Stanford pitcher Mark Appel delivers a pitch against North Carolina’s during the second inning in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals college baseball tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., Friday, June 10, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Jim Callis of Baseball America just published his first mock draft with about four weeks to go until the actual picks start on June 4.

The whole thing is worth reading, as Callis gives plenty of analysis along with the projected picks, but to whet your appetite he has the Astros selecting Stanford pitcher Mark Appel with the No. 1 pick and the Twins taking Georgia high school outfielder Byron Buxton with the No. 2 pick.

This year’s draft lacks a clear-cut top choice and the consensus seems to be that the overall level of high-end talent is lacking, but Appel has been the most talked-about college player since before the season started and Buxton is widely viewed as the high schooler with the most upside.