Rockies select El Campo grad in MLB draft


June 9, 2010 at 1:09 a.m.

Landon Appling may have to change his plans for the summer, but he won't mind.

Appling was selected in Major League Baseball's first-year playoff draft by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.

The El Campo graduate was taken in the 47th round and was the 1,430 player picked.

"I'm pretty excited," Appling said by phone after hearing from the Rockies. "At first, I didn't know if anyone was going to take me. But I was talking to them and they said they might take me in the later rounds."

Appling hit .520 with four home runs, three triples, five doubles and 29 RBI, while scoring 28 runs during his senior season at El Campo.

He has already signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball at the University of Houston next season and has been playing with the Houston Heat select team this summer.

Appling played catcher for the Ricebirds, but the Rockies drafted him as a center fielder.

Appling said the Rockies want to see him play the outfield for a team in Marietta, Ga., in a wood bat league before beginning negotiations with him later this summer.

"If they tell me to go, I'll go," Appling said. "We'll see how it goes. I can always play baseball at Houston like I had planned to do."



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