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2012 MLB Draft: Twins To Draft Byron Buxton With Mark Appel Going To Astros, According To Report

It was reported on Sunday that the Houston Astros had already made a decision on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, with multiple reports suggesting that Stanford's Mark Appel is the guy. That was widely assumed prior to there ever being reports of it, but there's even more now.

Jon Heyman of CBS is reporting (via Twitter) that, by all accounts, Appel is indeed the pick by the Astros and on top of that, he suggests that the Minnesota Twins have already made their decision on their selection as well. He says they're planning on taking Byron Buxton:

The fact that he has Buxton going to Minnesota is significant because it means he's heard something from the Twins, which seems to imply that they know Appel is going to be gone. It's not a certainty that Appel was going to go to Minnesota if Houston didn't take him, but it's difficult to think of somebody they'd take over him.

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