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Mark Appel | Starting Pitcher | #66

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (1) / HOU
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies optioned RHPs Mark Appel, Ricardo Pinto, and Nick Pivetta to minor league camp.
Appel is obviously the big name from this group. The 25-year-old was limited to just eight starts in Triple-A last year due to shoulder and elbow injuries. He'll try to get back on track this year and potentially earn his first call-up to the majors. Mar 14 - 10:16 AM

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Mark Appel allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings out of the pen Friday against the Twins.

Tommy Field homered to account for the run. Appel has something to prove this spring after missing the second half of last season due to a shoulder strain and elbow surgery. He's not a threat to make the Phillies, but he needs to be competitive with guys like Jake Thompson and Alec Asher in order to rate a place on the team's depth chart.
Mar 3 - 5:36 PM

Phillies purchased the contract of RHP Mark Appel from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The former No. 1 overall pick had another disappointing season in 2016, posting a 4.46 ERA over eight starts before having elbow surgery. He'll be ready for spring training but still needs more seasoning.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 04:23:00 PM

Phillies prospect right-hander Mark Appel had surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

Appel is done for the year, but he's expected to be ready for spring training next year. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick had a 4.46 ERA and 34/20 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings with Triple-A Lehigh Valley before hitting the disabled list with a right shoulder strain in late May. His stock continues to fade.
Wed, Jun 29, 2016 02:11:00 PM

Phillies prospect right-hander Mark Appel played catch Monday for the first time since being shut down with a right shoulder strain two weeks ago.

It was just the first step for Appel, who is still likely around 2-3 weeks away from returning from the disabled list. The 24-year-old has pitched a 4.46 ERA and 34/20 K/BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings over eight starts in Triple-A this year.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 01:14:00 PM

Phillies pitching prospect Mark Appel has been placed on Triple-A Lehigh Valley's disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

Appel's velocity had been down of late, and now we know why. The former No. 1 overall pick posted a 1.64 ERA in April for Lehigh Valley but an 8.27 ERA in May, so the shoulder could have been bothering him for a few starts.
Fri, May 27, 2016 10:10:00 AM

Phillies reassigned RHPs Mark Appel, Zach Eflin, and Jake Thompson to minor league camp.

No surprises here in this first round of spring cuts for Philly. Appel, a former No. 1 overall pick of the Astros, posted a 4.37 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 131 2/3 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 24-year-old right-hander clearly still needs more minor league seasoning. He was acquired from Houston in December as part of the Ken Giles trade.
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 09:04:00 AM

Mark Appel walked four and struck out none while allowing one run in two innings Thursday against the Yankees.

Appel isn't a candidate to make the Phillies, but a strong spring would put him in a better position to join the rotation come May or June. This isn't the best of starts for him.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 05:22:00 PM

Phillies acquired RHPs Mark Appel, Vince Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman, Harold Arauz and LHP Brett Oberholtzer from the Astros for RHP Ken Giles and INF Jonathan Arauz.

The top overall selection from the 2013 draft, Appel has disappointed in his minor league career to date. He compiled a 4.37 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 110/51 K/BB ratio over 131 2/3 innings between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno in 2015. Still just 24-years-old, he remains incredibly talented and has a high ceiling, though he'll need to improve his command and consistency. He's a solid bet to debut with the Phillies at some point during the upcoming season.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 01:29:00 PM

Astros RHP prospect Mark Appel allowed two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday in a win for Triple-A Fresno.

He walked two with seven strikeouts. The right-hander's unbeaten streak is at eight games. Over that stretch, Appel has gone 5-0 with a 3.67 ERA. Appel has thrown three straight quality outings with 18 strikeouts during that span. The 24-year-old is likely to make his big league debut sometime in early 2016.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 05:16:00 PM

Astros RHP prospect Mark Appel matched a career-high with 10 strikeouts Saturday in a start for Triple-A Fresno.

He allowed just one hit over seven shutout frames. 64 of his 91 pitches Saturday went for strikes. It was the 24-year-old's first double-digit strikeout game since August 26. The seven-inning performance was Appel's longest since getting promoted to Fresno on June 27. The former No. 1 overall pick could join the Astros when rosters expand in September.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 05:06:00 PM

Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel got back on track Wednesday, firing 6 2/3 shutout innings with four strikeouts for Triple-A Fresno.

He scattered six hits, walked two and hit a batter in the outing, throwing 67 of 100 pitches for strikes. It was Appel’s first scoreless outing since moving up to Triple-A in late June. The 23-year-old definitely has pitched better of late, allowing three or fewer runs in seven of his last eight starts, but he’s yet to show the consistency that made him the No. 1 overall pick two years back. Overall, Appel has pitched to disappointing 4.58 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 60/29 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 78 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season between the Double- and Triple-A levels. He should get a crack at Houston’s starting rotation at some point during the second half.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel spanned seven innings Sunday in a win for Double-A Corpus Christi, allowing just four hits and one unearned run.

The seven-inning effort was his longest of the season. It was Appel's first complete game since August 21. The right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA over his last four starts. Over that span, Appel's ERA has dropped from 5.85 to where it sits now at 4.26. With players like Kyle Schwarber and Byron Buxton making the leap from Double-A to the majors this year, we wouldn't rule out Appel making his big league debut in 2015.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 03:27:00 PM

Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings on Monday for Double-A Corpus Christi.

The 2013 No. 1 overall pick struck out six batters in the game, throwing 69 of 101 pitches for strikes. Appel got off to a rough start this season but has pitched better in his last four outings, with a 2.86 ERA and 18/8 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 innings. That being said, it’s still been an overall disappointing season for the 23-year-old right-hander, who owns a 4.79 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, .292 opponents’ batting average and 43/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 56 1/3 innings (12 starts). Appel should still reach the major leagues this season as long as he continues to show improvement in the high minors.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 03:15:00 PM

Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel turned in one of his better starts of the season on Wednesday, allowing one unearned run on two hits in five innings for Double-A Corpus Christi.

Appel struck out three batters without issuing a walk, needing only 62 pitches (41 strikes) to complete five innings. It was an encouraging performance from the former No. 1 overall draft pick, who had posted an ugly 10.13 ERA with 23 hits allowed in 13 1/3 innings in his previous three starts. The 23-year-old has been a disappointment so far in his first extended stay at the Double-A level, pitching to a 5.20 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 45 innings (10 starts). On top of that, Appel is only striking out only 6.4 per nine innings this season—down from 8.4 K/9 in 2014—while opposing batters are hitting him at a .313/.373/.426 clip with 12 extra-base hits.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 04:06:00 PM

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C1Cameron Rupp
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Tommy Joseph
2Brock Stassi
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
3Ty Kelly
LF1Howie Kendrick
2Daniel Nava
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Michael Saunders
2Aaron Altherr
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S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Aaron Nola
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Zach Eflin
6Clay Buchholz
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R1Hector Neris
2Joaquin Benoit
3Jeanmar Gomez
4Pat Neshek
5Edubray Ramos
6Joely Rodriguez
7Luis Garcia
8Mark Leiter