A year after Mark Appel was one of the big stories of Major League Baseball's amateur draft, the Stanford right-hander is back among the top prospects.
The Monte Vista High product is expected to be among the top picks Thursday -- the same expectations that existed last year when things didn't go as planned. Appel, who's advised by super agent Scott Boras, fell to Pittsburgh at the No. 8 pick, mostly because of the perception that he'd be difficult to sign.
Houston, which owned the top pick last season, bypassed Appel to draft shortstop Carlos Correa. The Astros also have the No. 1 pick Thursday (MLB Network, 3 p.m.).
Appel turned down a reported $3.8 million offer from the Pirates and returned to Stanford for his senior season. It was a risk, but one that appears to have worked out.
Baseball America has Appel ranked as its No. 2 prospect behind Oklahoma pitcher Jonathan Gray. The Chicago Cubs have the No. 2 pick.
De La Salle freshman Josh McCarthy shot a 2-under 69 and tied for third at the California Interscholastic Federation Golf Championships at Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel.
Jack Chung of Sunny Hills-Fullerton was the individual champion with a 5-under 66, and Stevenson School-Pebble Beach won the team title with a five-player score of 368. De La Salle was fifth at 377.
The Spartans' No. 1 player, Justin Pagila, tied for 28th with a 76. He was 3 under until he had a quadruple-bogey 9 on No. 15. NorCal tournament medalist Ryan Maund of Foothill and De La Salle's Ben Chambers shot 75s and tied for 23rd.
Stanford's Kori Carter ran the fastest preliminary women's 400-meter hurdle race in NCAA Championships history on the opening day of the prestigious track and field meet in Eugene, Ore. She was timed in 54.67 seconds to advance to Friday's final.
Stanford's Justine Fedronic (2:04.07) and Amy Weissenbach (2:04.19) finished 2-3 in an women's 800 heat to reach that final. Cal's Julius Travis, Tom Blocker, Chad Jones and Dash Oliver had the 22nd best heat time in the men's 400 relay (40.68) and failed to advance to the final.
In the women's long jump, Cal's Malaina Payton (Fremont High-Oakland) was 10th at 20 feet, 7 inches. Stanford's Karynn Dunn (20-3) was 15th. TCU's Lorraine Ugen won at 22-21/2. Stanford's Brianna Bain was third in the women's javelin at 176-11. Georgia's Freya Jones won at 180-3.
Former Saint Mary's center Omar Samhan (San Ramon Valley High) and his ratiopharm Ulm side will play EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Thursday in a deciding Game 5 of the German BBL playoffs.
Staff writer Matt Schwab and wire services contributed to this report.