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Former Top Pick Mark Appel Steps Away From Baseball

Bryant has won an MVP award and a World Series title, while Appel has never been in the big leagues

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    Former Top Pick Mark Appel Steps Away From Baseball
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    The Chicago Cubs thank their lucky stars every day that they were able to pick Kris Bryant in the 2013 MLB Draft, but they should be especially thankful now.

    According to Bleacher Report, former Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel, the number one pick in that draft, is stepping away from baseball without playing a single game at the big league level.

    If Appel doesn’t return, he would be the third player in MLB history to be selected number one overall in the draft and never make it to the big leagues. He would join Brien Taylor, the top pick in 1991, and Steve Cilcott, the first pick in the 1966 draft, in that club.

    Meanwhile, all Bryant has done is win an NL Rookie of the Year Award, an MVP award, and a World Series title in his first three seasons with the Cubs.

    Bryant isn’t the only high-profile player to be selected after a top-selection that turned out to be a bust. In 1966, the Kansas City Athletics used the second overall pick to select a guy named Reggie Jackson, who ended up having a Hall of Fame career with the A’s and Yankees.

    Of course, things haven’t turned out too badly for the Astros, who are the defending World Series champions.