When the baseball amateur draft begins Thursday, Stanford star righthander Mark Appel is expected to be among the first three picks. That will come one year after he was chosen eighth by the Pirates but rejected their $3.8 contract offer and returned to the Cardinal.
Appel is poised to become the 16th player to be drafted twice in the first round since the draft began in 1965. Three of those players -- catchers Charles Johnson and Jason Varitek and outfielder J.D. Drew -- were All-Stars.