Pirates fail to sign first round pick, Mark Appel

The Pirates failed to reach an agreement with their first round pick today. Mark Appel was considered a possibility to be taken first overall, but instead dropped to 8th when the Pirates drafted him. Here is what Neal Huntington said about the Pirates decision.

“Our final offer exceeded the available bonus pool money and was essentially up to the last dollar we could offer prior to falling into the second tier penalty which would have resulted in the loss of a first round draft selection," Huntington said. "While, as we have shown in past years, we are willing to be aggressive with our financial offer, we simply did not feel it was in the best interest of the organization to forfeit our first round selection in the 2013 amateur draft."

It is going to be very interesting to see what happens to Appel in the next draft. It's quite the risk on his part to turn down a deal even if it's for much less than he was hoping for. Pitching leads to many injuries. Appel could turn out to be the number 1 pick next year and double what he could have gotten for the Pirates. It's probably more likely that he'll slip a bit and be picked about where he was this year. That's if he stays healthy.