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Mark Appel | Starting Pitcher | #66

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Stanford
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (1) / HOU

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Mark Appel told Joon Lee of Bleacher Report that he is taking an "indefinite break" from baseball.
The former No. 1 overall pick was outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster in late November after posting a 5.27 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and 60/53 K/BB ratio in 82 innings last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Appel is still relatively young and could try to return to the sport at some point, but for now he's looking for internships in private equity and business while applying to some top-flight business schools like Rice, the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Stanford, Harvard, Penn, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago. "I'm 26, I have a Stanford degree, I have many interests beyond baseball, which I still love, but I have a lot of things I care about," Appel said. "I enjoy challenging my mind. My last four years in baseball have challenged my mind." The right-hander never appeared in a game at the major league level. Feb 1 - 10:02 AM

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Phillies sent RHP Mark Appel outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

It says something about how far Appel has fallen that he passed through waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 26-year-old former No. 1 overall pick struggled with a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 innings in Triple-A this past season. He also missed time with shoulder issues. It will be interesting to see if the Phillies try him next as a reliever.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 02:24:00 PM

Phillies designated RHP Mark Appel for assignment.

Yes, the same Mark Appel who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 Draft ahead of Kris Bryant. It's just never come together in pro ball for the 26-year-old, as Appel held a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. Some team will give him a shot, but he can no longer be considered a prospect.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 06:22:00 PM

Mark Appel has been placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with a right shoulder strain.

The former No. 1 overall pick holds a disappointing 5.27 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, and 60/53 K/BB ratio in 82 innings (17 starts) this season at the Triple-A level. It could be a while before he returns to the mound for Lehigh Valley.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 02:26:00 PM

Phillies prospect Mark Appel gave up no runs in just under six innings of work for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.

In his 5 2/3 innings, Appel gave up just two hits and struck out five, but he did walk four. The former first-overall selection has struggled out of the gate this year, and those shutout innings lowered his ERA to 5.93. It's unlikely we see him pitching in the big leagues anytime soon.
Mon, May 8, 2017 01:36:00 PM

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.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 10:16:00 AM

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.
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 05:36:00 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

Depth Charts

C1Jorge Alfaro
2Andrew Knapp
1B1Carlos Santana
2B1Cesar Hernandez
2Jesmuel Valentin
SS1J.P. Crawford
2Scott Kingery
3Pedro Florimon
3B1Maikel Franco
LF1Rhys Hoskins
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Aaron Altherr
2Nick Williams
Starting Pitcher
S1Aaron Nola
2Jake Arrieta
3Jerad Eickhoff
4Vince Velasquez
5Nick Pivetta
6Zach Eflin
Relief Pitcher
R1Hector Neris
2Tommy Hunter
3Pat Neshek
4Luis Garcia
5Adam Morgan
6Edubray Ramos
7Victor Arano
8Drew Hutchison
9Seranthony Dominguez
10Jake Thompson