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Mark Appel | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (23) / 7/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel will open the 2015 season at Double-A Corpus Christi.
That's where he ended the 2014 season (with a 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 38 strikeouts in 39 innings). Appel should make his major league debut at some point in 2015. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft and experienced some early-career struggles, but the 23-year-old right-hander is trending in the right direction now. Apr 1 - 5:38 PM

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Mark Appel, who missed his last start with forearm tightness, gave up one run and two hits in two innings Monday against the Nationals.

Michael Taylor opened the game with a triple on a 94-mph fastball and then immediately scored on a sac fly. That was all for the damage, though Appel went on to give up two more walks and a single. His velocity was fine and his slider was strong, so there were no obvious lingering effects from last week's incident.
Mar 16 - 4:16 PM

Mark Appel (forearm) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

Appel had to be scratched from an exhibition appearance earlier this week after feeling some tightness in his right forearm, but he made it through a bullpen session on Thursday with no issues. The former No. 1 overall pick is not in the running for an Opening Day roster spot, but he could make his MLB debut at some point in 2015 if everything goes right.
Mar 12 - 10:51 AM

Mark Appel (forearm) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Thursday and is expected to start on Saturday.

Appel was scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League appearance on Monday after feeling some tightness in the forearm, but the injury appears to be minor. He played catch on Tuesday without incident and assuming his bullpen session goes well, he will start on Saturday. While Appel isn't going to crack the rotation out of spring training, the Astros might bring him up later this season if he puts up solid minor league numbers.
Mar 11 - 8:45 AM

Mark Appel (forearm) threw Tuesday and said that he feels ready to pitch in games again.

Appel was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to forearm tightness, but he played catch without incident Tuesday and said that he has "zero concern." Good news for the Astros. Appel isn't in the running for a rotation spot this spring, but he could make his major league debut later this summer if he continues to progress.
Mar 10 - 12:02 PM

Mark Appel (forearm) saw a doctor Tuesday morning and will try to throw to see how he feels.

Appel was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to forearm tightness, but it's not a major concern right now. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that no imaging was done as part of Appel's doctor visit Tuesday morning.
Mar 10 - 10:16 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said that he isn't sure if Mark Appel (forearm) will undergo an MRI.

Appel was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to forearm tightness, but Hinch said it was "as close to a healthy scratch as you can get." The young right-hander said he would have pitched if it was a regular season, so it doesn't sound like a major concern. Still, the Astros could send him for tests just to be on the safe side.
Mar 9 - 4:20 PM

Mark Appel was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to forearm tightness.

The Astros don't think it's a serious issue. Appel allowed three hits and one run over two innings last Thursday in his spring debut. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick will presumably be back in action later this week, but he's not in the running for an Opening Day roster spot.
Mar 9 - 2:06 PM

Mark Appel surrendered one run and three hits in two innings out of the pen Thursday versus the Phillies.

Appel struck out two and walked none. The first overall pick in the 2013 draft is not getting any consideration for a rotation spot this spring, but if he performs in the minors, he should be up sometime this summer.
Mar 5 - 4:28 PM

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow indicated that with an injury in the Astros rotation or a strong showing in the minor leagues, Mark Appel could reach the major leagues in 2015.

The top overall selection from the 2013 draft, Appel had a rough season in 2014, compiling a 6.91 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 78/24 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings between High-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. He finished the season strong though, and has looked terrific in the Arizona Fall league. Even if he does crack the Astros rotation in 2015, he's unlikely to make a major fantasy impact in redraft leagues.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Astros prospect right-hander Mark Appel has tossed 12 scoreless innings over three starts in the Arizona Fall League.

Appel really struggled with High-A Lancaster this season, but he thrived after a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi in late July and has kept it going so far in the Arizona Fall League. The 23-year-old tossed five scoreless innings in his latest outing on Monday and has allowed just four hits with a 12/3 K/BB ratio over his three starts. "I don't know if there's one thing I can pick out and say this is what I'm doing differently than in the season," said Appel. "I think it's a combination of continuing to work hard, not giving up and trusting my stuff. I've gotten here because I'd been doing some things the right way and I'm continuing on the same track I tried to finish the season on in Corpus Christi."
Source: MiLB.com
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 08:34:00 AM

Astros prospect RHP Mark Appel struck out 10 batters over eight scoreless innings on Tuesday for Double-A Corpus Christi, allowing just two hits and one walk.

The outing was the best of Appel’s career, as he set new personal bests with eight innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. The 23-year-old is finally showing the promise that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft (and the No. 8 pick in 2012). Since moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi, Appel has pitched to a 3.15 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 34-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 34 1/3 innings (6 starts). This of course comes after he registered a dismal 9.74 ERA and allowed 10 home runs over 78 2/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. Appel will look to continue his late-season success in the Arizona Fall League.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 04:41:00 PM

Astros righty prospect Mark Appel allowed one run over six innings for Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday, scattering five hits and one walk.

Appel only struck out two batters, and the run was as a result of a home run off the bat of Angels prospect Kaleb Cowart. Appel has looked better in the Double-A Texas League than he did in the High-A California League. Texas League batters have a .263/.333/.375 line against him during his four starts, during which he has put up a 7.5 K/9. His performance is solid, but more is expected out of the top pick in the 2013 draft.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel tossed five scoreless innings Wednesday in his Double-A debut.

Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi this week despite posting a hideous 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster. And it was clearly the right move. The 23-year-old right-hander walked four in his debut but also struck out four and gave up only two hits. He is likely to finish out the 2014 season at the Double-A level but could move to Triple-A at the start of 2015. Appel was the first overall pick (out of Stanford) in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 08:25:00 AM

Astros prospect right-handed pitcher Mark Appel was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi.

Appel made a few mechanical tweaks prior to his start on Saturday, and had his best outing of the season, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out seven batters. Appel was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft and has struggled mightily in 2014, but the Astros are keeping the faith in the process and clearly feel that Appel's most recent start shows that he is ready for a new challenge.
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 10:32:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Hank Conger
1B1Chris Carter
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Jed Lowrie
2Marwin Gonzalez
3Jonathan Villar
3B1Luis Valbuena
LF1Colby Rasmus
2Robbie Grossman
CF1Jake Marisnick
RF1George Springer
DH1Evan Gattis
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PosRoleName
S1Scott Feldman
2Dallas Keuchel
3Collin McHugh
4Roberto Hernandez
5Brad Peacock
6Brett Oberholtzer
7Asher Wojciechowski
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PosRoleName
R1Luke Gregerson
2Pat Neshek
3Chad Qualls
4Josh Fields
5Tony Sipp
6Will Harris
7Samuel Deduno
8Joe Thatcher