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Mark Appel thriving in AFL, has tossed 12 scoreless frames

Houston Astros prospect Mark Appel has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his three starts in the Arizona Fall League. After struggling to open the season at High-A Lancaster the 23-year-old picked it up upon a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. ON Monday Appel threw five scoreless innings. Overall he has allowe djust four hits and owns a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. “I...
Via Tireball.com
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mark Appel struggles with Arizona Fall League pitch clock

The Arizona Fall League is testing out several rules intended to speed up the pace of games this season. Those measures include a 20-second time limit between pitches and a two-minute, five-second break between each inning, both of which are clocked. Pace of Play clocks installed next to each dugout at @MLBazFallLeague opener tonight. Horrifying. pic.twitter.com/UC2sbS1dac — Steve...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  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

Report: Some Astros players upset over Mark Appel promotion, bullpen

As was reported Saturday night, Mark Appel has been promoted to Double-A by the Astros. The 2013 number one overall pick in the June draft, it's not surprising that the 23-year-old Appel would get to Double-A just over a year since being selected. Given his pretty awful Class A numbers, though, it's surprising how he's gotten there. Sunday, Appel threw a bullpen session...
Via Pro Sports Daily
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

2013 #1 MLB draft pick undergoes emergency surgery

During a media trip to Houston to meet with fans and brass before pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks, Astros prospect Mark Appel found himself in the emergency room for an appendectomy.  Luckily, Houston has world class medical facilities.  Everything was routine, but such rushed procedures are never fun to deal with.  The situation was announced by the Houston...
Via Reading Between The Seams
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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