Astros still hopeful to sign Appel soon
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Monday the club is “fully engaged” in contract talks with No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, the right-handed pitcher from Stanford, and hopes to be able to complete a deal this week.
While it was reported late last week the Astros and Appel had reached a deal, Luhnow said he wanted wait until Appel’s commencement exercises at Stanford on Sunday to ramp up negotiations.
“We’re trying to move it as fast as we can,” he said. “We wanted to give him the weekend to enjoy his commencement. We’re optimistic we can move it pretty quickly.”
Luhnow said the Astros have yet to meet with Appel or his representative, Scott Boras, face-to-face, but there have been solid conversations.
“We feel good about where it’s headed,” Luhnow said.
When asked if Appel could be in the fold this week, Luhnow didn’t hesitate.
“I hope so,” he said.
Appel, a Houston native, went 10-4 with a 2.12 ERA this year as as senior at Stanford. He held opponents to a .203 batting average, had 130 strikeouts and issued just 23 walks in 106 1/3 innings.