Well, I was wrong about Mark Appel. He didn't sign with the Pirates and will return to Stanford, which should make Cardinal baseball fans -- and Mark Marquess -- happy. Here's his statement:
"After much thought, prayer and analysis of both opportunities, I came to the conclusion the best decision is to remain at Stanford continuing my studies, finishing my degree, and doing all I can to assist the Cardinal baseball team in our goal to win a national championship. I greatly valued the prospect of a professional opportunity and I will pursue a professional baseball career after getting my Stanford degree."