Mark Appel Newsbeat
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
He’s too nice? He lets batters hit to improve their averages?
That hasn’t stopped the armchair psychologists from offering their conclusions. Appel has a ready smile and is bright and well-spoken. That has led some to conclude that he’s simply too nice, that he lacks the requisite mean streak. It’s a charge the 24-year-old is well aware of.
“I take it as a compliment. I am a nice guy,” Appel said on the final day of the Phillies’ annual Prospect Education Program at Citizens Bank Park. “I don’t think being nice is a sign of weakness. If anything, it can be seen as a sign of strength. Knowing that you don’t have to come off as this fake tough guy to try to gain respect from your teammates or the opponent. What matters to me is what happens in between the lines.
“Long story short, being on the mound, I don’t show emotion. But I have a fire deep inside of me that is a competitor. That is basically somebody who looks at the guy in the box and says, ‘I’m better than you and I want to show it.’ I have that competitive edge, absolutely. I think the ‘nice’ persona can be a misconception because I don’t show emotion. I don’t throw my glove. I’ve had a couple times when I have shown emotion, but I try to contain it and keep it to myself. Or show emotion when nobody’s around.”
Posted: January 19, 2016 at 06:49 AM | 1 comment(s)
Sunday, December 13, 2015
That has to sting.
Trading Mark Appel — the first overall draft pick in 2013 and the eighth overall draft pick in 2012 — in a package with four other pitchers for a premier young closer and a 17-year-old shortstop speaks for itself.
Appel hasn’t lived up to expectations. And everything that has transpired since the Astros drafted him indicates the organization made the wrong choice picking atop the 2013 draft.
The second pick that year, third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs, was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015 by a unanimous vote. Appel, 24, has yet to pitch in the big leagues. Bryant, 23, hit 26 home runs and had an .858 OPS last season in the bigs.
Posted: December 13, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 18 comment(s)
Mark Appel doesn’t pay off for the Astros.
“The only emotions and the only feelings toward the Astros is gratitude,” he said. “There’s so much thankfulness for what they’ve done for me, how they’ve supported me and how they handled everything and just supported me through my difficult season through my learning curve of acclimating to pro ball and really working through some difficulties and struggling.
“I’m not going to shy away from the difficulties that I’ve had, but the Astros have just been very gracious to me. I’m just so thankful to be part of the organization.”
Posted: December 13, 2015 at 08:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
for his generous support.
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