It's official. Mark Appel has become a member of the Houston Astros organization.
Three days after his graduation, Appel and the Astros agreed to terms on a contract. He's expected to hold a press conference later Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Appel was 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA at Stanford this season. He struck out 130 in 106 1/3 innings pitched and limited opponents to a .203 batting average.
Appel is an Astros fan who grew up in Houston before moving to the East Bay at the age of 12.
"I talked to him and told him: 'Welcome home,' " Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said on draft night. "It's a kid's dream to go first in the country, first in the draft and to be taken by your hometown team. It just doesn't get any better than that. It's also really a great opportunity for us."
The Astros took Appel No. 1 overall a year after passing on the hometown kid and instead choosing 17-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico.
Appel was selected instead last year by Pittsburgh as he slid down to No. 8, but turned down a $3.8 million offer and returned to Stanford for his senior season.