Astros scouting director Mike Elias has hopes of signing the bulk of the Astros draft class by no later than next week. Houston kicked things off in the draft last Thursday with the first overall pick, locking down homegrown talent and Stanford right-hander Mark Appel at the No. 1 spot.
“It’s incredibly special,” Appel said. “Both my parents were born in Houston and raised there, and I lived [in Houston] for 12 years before moving to California. All of my family lives there. It’s exciting to potentially be back playing there.”