The Astros and Appel are nearing a deal for the 6-foot-5 right-hander, sources told Yahoo! Sports. One club source expects Appel to be signed by the middle of next week.
Appeal was drafted in the 15th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2009 but opted to attend Stanford University. He decided to re-enter the 2012 MLB Draft and was selected 8th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the two sides were unable to come to a deal and Appel returned to Stanford for his senior season.
The Houston born pitcher will now reportedly play in his “hometown” even though he grew up in California during his teen years.
The 21 year old arm will reportedly get more than twice as much as last year’s $3.8 million offer from the Pirates and should see Major League action relatively quickly given his talents.