In the end, Mark Appel called it a no-lose situation.
Pitching in the major leagues has been a lifelong dream, but it will have to wait a year for the Stanford senior All-America to earn his bachelor's degree and help the Cardinal baseball team reach the College World Series.
Last season, Appel (Monte Vista High) posted a 10-2 record and 2.56 ERA. He was taken eighth overall in the major-league draft last July by Pittsburgh, but he decided the price wasn't right to sign.
"I was at peace with it," he said Wednesday. —... I asked my parents, my friends, my advisors, my coaches ... anybody who had an influence on me. When it came down to it, it was still my choice."