Found July 06, 2013 on Online Sports Guys:
{HT Troy Record & Houston Astros #1 Pick Mark Appel Debuts In Single A Perhaps someday Mark Appel will be the ace of the Houston Astro pitching staff and lead the franchise back to respectability.  Appel, like the Astros has a long way to go. Appel debuted Friday night for the Tri-City ValleyCats and no doubt nervous. The first pitch he threw as a pro was lined by Lowell Spinners shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin to centerfield for a triple.  "Welcome to pro ball, I guess," Appel said when asked about that pitch. "He (Lin) put a good swing on it. "I guess I throw a first-pitch fastball every game I start. I left it up a little but he put a good swing on it." Appel would give up two runs, one earned, on three hits in the first inning. In the second inning with his nerves calmed down Appel threw a 1-2-3 inning. Appel was limited to 30 pitches and he threw 26.  Your browser does not support iframes. So how would the former S...

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