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The signing deadline didn't apply to Florida outfielder Preston Tucker because he is a college senior, and Houston has until June to sign the seventh-round pick.
Because Appel failed to sign, Pittsburgh will get an extra pick in the first round next year, the ninth selection overall. The Mets will get an extra selection after the 11th pick of the second round for not signing high school righty Teddy Stankiewicz and Oakland will get an additional pick after the third round for failing to sign high school lefty Kyle Twomey.
Appel, who turns 21 on Sunday, also failed to sign in 2009, when Detroit selected him in the 15th round with the 450th pick after his final season with Monte Vista High in San Ramon, Calif. Appel will go back into next year's draft.
Under the labor deal, agreed to in November, the deadline for draft picks to sign was 5 p.m. Friday, a month earlier than he rules in the previous collective bargaining agreement. The change led to fewer picks waiting until the final hours to sign.
Trying to end a record streak of 19 consecutive losing seasons, the resurgent Pirates are tied with the Cincinnati Reds for the NL Central lead.
"We drafted Mark Appel to sign Mark Appel. We were excited about the opportunity to add him to a plethora of quality, young arms," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said during a telephone conference call. "It didn't happen. So now we turn the corner. This, too, shall pass. We move forward."
Because Appel didn't sign, the Pirates will receive an extra first-round pick in next June's draft, the ninth selection overall. The Pirates also could gain an extra selection from baseball's first competitive balance draft, which will be held Wednesday in Secaucus, N.J.
"We may be looking at three of the top 45 picks in the country," Huntington said. "Some have argued next year's draft class is going to be better than this year's draft class."
Boras also represented prior first-round picks Pedro Alvarez and Gerrit Cole in their negotiations with the Pirates.
"Selecting Mark was a calculated risk, as we knew he would be a difficult sign," Huntington said. "As an organization, we need to continue to take these types of calculated risks. While we would've preferred to add Mark to the group of talented prospects in our system, we wish Mark, and his family, nothing but success in the future."
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