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Mark Appel | Starting Pitcher

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Mar 10 - 9:04 AM

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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.
Mar 3 - 5:22 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.
Source: MILB.com
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.
Source: MILB.com
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.
Source: MILB.com
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

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.
Wed, Apr 1, 2015 05:38:00 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.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 04:16:00 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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 10:51:00 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.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 08:45:00 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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 12:02:00 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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 10:16:00 AM

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1B1Ryan Howard
2Darin Ruf
2B1Cesar Hernandez
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SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Peter Bourjos
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
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S1Jeremy Hellickson
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3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
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3David Hernandez
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5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Mario Hollands
10Michael Mariot