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2012 MLB Draft Notes: Mark Appel, Byron Buxton

SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07:  MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
SECAUCUS, NJ - JUNE 07: MLB commissioner Bud Selig speaks during the MLB First Year Player Draft on June 7, 2010 held in Studio 42 at the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Early word is that the Houston Astros will take Stanford right-hander Mark Appel with the first overall pick in this evening’s 2012 MLB Draft and the Minnesota Twins will take center fielder Byron Buxton second overall, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

Both players were considered to be the most likely first choices of this year’s draft following fellow top prospect Lucan Giolito’s arm injury.

Keith Law and Kevin Goldstein recently offered their mock drafts for the first round. Goldstein had Buxton going first overall to the Astros while Law had Appel slated for 2012’s first overall pick.

MLB Daily Dish’s own Satchel Price rolled out his 2012 MLB Draft Preview last night, listing who teams with the top 10 picks in the draft should select. It is Satchel’s opinion that the Astros should make Buxton the first overall pick, leaving the Twins to take Appel as the second overall selection.