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MLB Mock Draft: Minnesota Twins Projected To Take Mark Appel

With the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft coming up on June 4, the Minnesota Twins are looking to take advantage of their second overall pick. It's well documented that the team has several holes that it needs to fill and the draft is viewed by many as a great place to start in meeting those needs.

The popular opinion is that the team should look to add a pitching prospect with their first selection and according to the most recent mock draft on, that's exactly what the team will do.

In the mock, the Twins are projected to select right-handed pitching prospect Mark Appel with the second overall selection. He is 20-years old, stands at six-foot-five, 190 pounds and was named a First Team All-American at Stanford prior to the start of the 2012 season. Appel was originally selected in the 15th round of the 2009 draft by the Detroit Tigers but did not sign a contract with the club because he had already committed to pitch at Stanford.

Appel is considered one of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball and has been tied as a potential candidate for the first overall selection.

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