Stanek named to region team

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek has named to the All-South region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Along with all-region honors, Stanek has earned second-team All-America honors this season from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game. He became the seventh player in program history to be drafted in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. The Tampa Bay Rays took Stanek with the 29th overall pick.

Stanek, a native of Overland Park, Kan., finished the year with a 10-2 record and a 1.39 ERA in 16 starts. His 1.39 ERA is the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history, while his 10 victories are tied for the ninth most in a season. In 11 starts vs. SEC opponents, Stanek had an 8-1 record with a 0.86 ERA.

Stanek has pitched in 48 games, including 45 starts, as a Razorback and has a 22-8 career record with one save and a 2.55 ERA. He currently ranks sixth in school history in career ERA and career starts.


Young reaches 1,000 RBI mark

PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond belted his first career grand slam in the 11th inning to boost the Washington Nationals to a 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the conclusion of a three-game series.

Washington snapped a three-game skid and broke Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak at Citizens Bank Park.

Former Texas Ranger Michael Young belted a two-run homer in the first and singled in the 11th for the Phillies, who had just four hits.

Ben Revere led off the bottom of the first with a single. Young, who doubled three times on Tuesday, upped his RBI total to 1,001 for his career with his homer to left field.

Houston official signs Appel

HOUSTON — The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that they have officially signed Stanford pitcher Mark Appel, the top overall pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, though Baseball America reported that Appel will receive a $6.35 million signing bonus that is considerably less than MLB’s assigned slot value of $7.79 million for the No. 1 overall choice.

Appel, 21, went 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA as a senior this season at Stanford. He compiled 130 strikeouts in 106 1/3 innings and held opposing hitters to a .203 batting average.

“Drafting and signing Mark Appel was a top priority for our organization this year,” Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “We are an organization focused on winning championships in the future and we expect Mark to be a big part of that effort.”

The Astros have yet to determine where Appel, a Houston native, will begin his pro career, though he’s expected to pitch in the minors at some point this summer.

— Wire reports