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Mark Appel | Starting Pitcher

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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. Jul 9 - 2:42 PM

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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.
Jun 22 - 3:27 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.
Jun 16 - 3:15 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.
Jun 4 - 4:06 PM

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

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."
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 08:34:00 AM

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