Wednesday, July 17, 2013

No. 1 overall picks to appear at Classic Park for first time

The most anticipated series of the Captains' season begins Saturday.

The Quad Cities River Bandits are bringing the Houston Astros' last two No 1 picks to Classic Park for a three-game series. Carlos Correa and Mark Appel aren't any first-round picks. They are the No. 1 overall picks in the last two drafts, and the Astros have invested more than $11 million into the duo.

The River Bandits are the first minor-league team to boast two consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the same roster. No team below the Double-A level has featured two No. 1 overall picks on the same roster.

Correa, last year's top pick, plays shortstop, meaning he will perform this weekend barring an odd circumstance. Appel pitches and made his Midwest League debut Sunday. He will make his next start Friday against Fort Wayne.

The Captains played their first game in 2003, and a No. 1 overall draft pick has never appeared in a game at Classic Park. They played in the South Atlantic League from 2003-09. The franchise joined the Midwest League following the 2009 season.

The Captains faced former Tampa Bay No. 1 overall picks Delmon Young and Tim Beckham on the road.

-- Guy Cipriano | @newsheraldguy


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