Appel joins former No. 1 pick Correa in Class A

Appel joins former No. 1 pick Correa in Class A

Appel joins former No. 1 pick Correa in Class A

ST. LOUIS -- Mark Appel is on the rise.

The No. 1 overall pick in last month's First-Year Player Draft was promoted to Class A Quad Cities on Tuesday and will join the team Wednesday before a six-game homestand, joining last year's No. 1 overall pick, Carlos Correa.

Just four Minor League teams have had two No. 1 overall picks on the roster at the same time, but with both Appel and Correa, the River Bandits are the first Minor League club to house consecutive No. 1 overall picks.

Appel, 21, signed with Houston on June 19 out of Stanford. The right-hander made two starts with short-season Class A Tri-City of the New York-Penn League, allowing two earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out six over five innings.

Correa is the club's second-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, and is hitting .325 with 24 extra-base hits, 50 runs scored and 48 RBIs in 69 games with Quad Cities.

Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.