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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Finally healthy, 2013 first-overall pick Mark Appel is ready to live up to expectations | For The Win

He probably should have waited until he has some pro success before making this reveal.

“Given where I was, and the investment that the Astros put in me — the belief that they had in me — I wanted to compete,” Appel said. “I love playing baseball; I love pitching. But I also just wanted to give my best effort and be somebody — the Astros made a huge investment, and I don’t take that lightly. I wanted to be able to perform and be the guy that I know I can be for a team that drafted me in the first round. So with that being said, it’s like, ‘I can’t do any of that on the DL. It doesn’t hurt to throw. I’m not getting any extension, but it doesn’t hurt to throw, and I can compete, I can find a way.’

“I think it was a little bit of pride in me, not going to get it checked out or anything like that. But also it wasn’t to the point that I was feeling pain every time I threw a baseball. I just couldn’t get extension, and I didn’t realize the effect it had on me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 5 comment(s)
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