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MARK APPEL RUMORS & GOSSIP

Astros make it official, promote Mark Appel to Triple-A Fresno

The future is now for Houston Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel.Just a day after he said he was willing to help the Astros in any way possible, he took a step closer toward making that a reality: the club promoted him to Triple-A Fresno. The news was announced by Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle on Twitter:Appel seems destined to be called up by the Astros at some point...
Via Fox Sports
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Appel ready to thrive with Astros whenever they ask him

Buzz circulated around the web on Monday that the Houston Astros are considering promoting prospect Mark Appel to Triple-A, which would bring him one step closer to making his debut with the big league club.That does seem to be a legitimate theory, considering his recent stretch of hot pitching at the Double-A level. As Brian McTaggart of MLB.com summed up, Appel has allowed just...
Via Fox Sports
June 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Houston Astros and the Mark Appel Question

Newly-signed Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel shows off his new uniform. (Photo: David J. Phillip, AP) When Mark Appel made the decision to forego the MLB Draft for another year following a dominant junior season at Stanford University, the Houston Astros made the decision to select Lance McCullers with the team’s second pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, after taking...
Via The Sports Journal
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros players upset with Mark Appel's promotion

More than most sports, baseball is about “earning your spot.” Players have to work their way through four or five levels of the minors before getting their chance in the big leagues, and some guys wait close to 10 years before they get their shot. So it’s at least understandable when players get upset over a specific player getting the benefit of the doubt, or getting a promotion...
Via The Outside Corner
July 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Astros players irked by special treatment of prospect

Top Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has been fast tracked in the minors since being selected No. 1 overall in the 2013 MLB draft. The 24-year-old righty was just promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi despite putting up a 9.74 ERA in high Single-A ball.  That may or may not be the issue that some current Astros have with the way Houston is treating Appel at this point. The youngster...
Via Sportsnaut
July 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

Astros players resent Mark Appel’s promotion to Double-A

Having a 9.74 ERA in the minor leagues would usually result in a pitcher being released. In Mark Appel’s case, it led to a promotion. And that has members of the Houston Astros peeved. Appel, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, was promoted from High-A Lancaster where he was struggling, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 MLB Draft: Astros select Brady Aiken with No. 1 pick

The Houston Astros had the No. 1 pick the 2014 MLB Draft and they decided to take Brady Aiken with the top selection. Aiken, a left-handed pitcher out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, became the first prep pitcher to go No. 1 since 1991, when the New York Yankees picked Brien Taylor. It was the third year in a row the Astros had the draft’s top selection. In 2012...
Via Rumors and Rants
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Why the Houston Astros should make Brady Aiken the No. 1 pick in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft

For the third year in a row, the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft belongs to the Houston Astros. The team selected Stanford right-hander Mark Appel a year ago and it seems all but official a hurler is going to be top dog for the third time in four seasons in 2014. There’s no question GM Jeff Luhnow has an appealing trio of pitchers at his doorstep...
Via isportsweb.com
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

45 Prospects in 45 Days: Houston’s Mark Appel

Reporting on prospects is a somewhat dicey proposition for a self-appointed sabermetrician. The big league game is dependent upon numbers while the prospect world is dependent on scouting reports and first person accounting. So, when I report on prospects I often report of what others have said about the player. This makes life difficult because most prospects have their defenders...
Via The Fantasy Fix
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros RHP Mark Appel has appendectomy

Houston Astros right-hander Mark Appel, the top overall pick in the 2013 draft, is recovering after an appendectomy. Appel had the procedure in Houston in Thursday. General manager Jeff Luhnow says the team expects the pitcher will be able to report to spring training on time. The Astros also announced that left-hander Raul Valdes had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this...
Via AP on Fox
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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