The recipe for a draft disaster is there. Mark Appel was the No. 1 overall pick by Houston a week ago, and as a senior at Stanford he is not bound to the July 12 signing deadline, which means he could take a hard-line stance, leave the Astros in budgetary limbo and wreck their entire draft plan.
Thankfully for the Astros, that's not going to happen.

The Astros and Appel are nearing a deal for the 6-foot-5 right-hander, sources told Yahoo! Sports. One club source expects Appel to be signed by the middle of next week.
It will amount to a big win for both sides. The Astros add a polished power pitcher to a growing cache of huge arms, with 101-mph-flame-throwing starter Mike Foltynewicz and Jarred Cosart atop the list. And Appel, a Houston native, not only gets to play at home but ensures that his big risk pays off. After turning down a $3 million-plus contract as the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 draft, he parlayed 106 1/3 innings into a degree in management science and engineering as well as a bonus expected to be twice as big.
While the risk for the Astros was not big, it was palpable. Appel's agent, Scott Boras, cemented his reputation as the shrewdest in the business with No. 1 overall picks, with Tim Belcher not signing in 1983 and Brien Taylor ushering in the era of massive signing bonuses in 1991. Appel could have demanded a significant majority of the $11,698,800 the Astros have allotted to sign draft choices and put the team in a compromising position: give him what he wants and run the risk of losing other draft picks because of lesser bonuses, or give others their desired money and potentially miss out on a vital building block.
The Astros chose Appel over Kris Bryant, Jonathan Gray, Colin Moran, Clint Frazier and Austin Meadows anyway, convinced the fit was too right to let such a potential pitfall – or fear of Boras – sway them.