Mark Appel Leaning Against Signing with Pirates

June 8, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Stanford Cardinal pitcher Mark Appel (26) prepares to pitch the ball in the third inning of game one of the Tallahassee super regional against the Florida State Seminoles at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Right-hander Mark Appel, selected 8th overall in this June’s MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, is leaning against signing with the club, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Heyman notes that Appel is comfortable returning to Stanford for another season, graduating and then entering the 2013 MLB Draft.

Appel was expected by some to go first overall this summer, but he ultimately slipped to the Pirates, owners of the eighth selection. Based on the new draft allotment system, the Pirates have roughly $3.8 million to spend on Appel.

Pittsburgh can go over this a bit, pushing the $4 million mark, but they will face financial penalties if they do so. If they disregard this limit and go beyond $4 million, they would lose a pick in the 2013 MLB Draft.

Heyman and Jim Callis of Baseball America are both hearing that the Pirates are not willing to surrender a pick in order to sign Appel. Heyman adds that Appel’s father is a lawyer with Chevron, "so he has the luxury to wait if he prefers."

The deadline to sign is July 13.

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