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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Former No. 1 pick Mark Appel, 30, gets big league call-up from Philadelphia Phillies

Mark Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick whose baseball career included a three-season absence from the sport, is getting his first major league call-up Saturday at the age of 30.

The Philadelphia Phillies are bringing in the right-handed Appel from Triple-A Lehigh Valley because reliever Connor Brogdon is on the COVID-19 injured list, interim manager Rob Thomson told reporters Friday night.

“Completely overwhelmed. I have so many thoughts I want to share but can’t find the words, so I’ll just say this: I’m thankful,” Appel tweeted Saturday morning. “Today, I get to play a game I love as a Major League Baseball player.”

Appel has spent the past two seasons pitching in Double- and Triple-A for the Phillies. He has a 5-0 record and 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances for Lehigh Valley this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2022 at 10:39 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hombre Brotani Posted: June 25, 2022 at 03:46 PM (#6083824)
I root for Mark Appel.
   2. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 25, 2022 at 05:30 PM (#6083850)
That's "former two time #1 pick."
   3. Boxkutter Posted: June 25, 2022 at 09:21 PM (#6083885)
That's "former two time #1 pick."

He went #1 only once. He was drafted 8th overall the year before.
   4. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: June 25, 2022 at 10:04 PM (#6083891)
Bah. I knew I should have checked. I was mixing him up with Brady Aiken. The Astros had consecutive #1 picks who failed to make the majors, only one of whom was Appel. In Aiken's case, he never signed.
   5. Jose is Absurdly Correct but not Helpful Posted: June 25, 2022 at 10:11 PM (#6083892)
I honestly had no idea he was still pitching, I thought he had retired. Good for him.
   6. Boxkutter Posted: June 25, 2022 at 10:39 PM (#6083895)
I honestly had no idea he was still pitching, I thought he had retired. Good for him.

He had some major arm injuries and did retire for like three years I think. Came back in 2020 or 2021 I believe.
   7. The Duke Posted: June 25, 2022 at 11:06 PM (#6083897)
I root for anyone that got ruined by the Astros evil machine.
   8. Astroenteritis Posted: June 26, 2022 at 11:13 AM (#6083914)
Yes, the evil machine that's produced an amazing number of successful pitchers. Appel was unlucky with injuries, and Aiken's arm was messed up at the time he was drafted.
   9. . . . . . . Posted: June 26, 2022 at 04:57 PM (#6083974)
Cheating makes success easier.
   10. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: June 26, 2022 at 08:32 PM (#6084010)
I have a vague memory that the Appel pick was controversial. Am I making that up?
   11. base ball chick Posted: June 26, 2022 at 10:28 PM (#6084019)
i don't think the pick was controversial at all. if i remember rightly, he didn't sign the first time he got drafted because (it was thought) he wanted more $$$ and figured he could get drafted even higher than he was. he wuz right.

but he was supposed to be a mike leake kind of guy who would be ML ready and he was barely minor league ready. he looked like little league everywhere they put him. luhnow sent him to pitch to Astros major leaguers - when he couldn't get high A ball guys out - and the players AND the manager, bo porter, objected bigly. cost bo porter his job cuz luhnow couldn't handle a manager sticking up for his players. failing at high A got Appel promoted to AA. there was more than a few pimpees who looked like they had no bidness being on a prospect list. getting drafted high got you kept on prospect lists whether or not you belonged there.

   12. Astroenteritis Posted: June 26, 2022 at 10:33 PM (#6084022)
Cheating makes success easier

Actually, having Brent Strom made success easier.
   13. base ball chick Posted: June 26, 2022 at 10:41 PM (#6084025)
duke, zop


appel didn't get no ruined by the astros EVULLLLL Machine. he sucked right away all by his lonesome.

besides, it was the astros hitters who cheated, not the astros pitchers
   14. Russ Posted: June 28, 2022 at 10:25 AM (#6084249)
I have a vague memory that the Appel pick was controversial. Am I making that up?

The Pirates taking him at #8 in 2012 was controversial because he basically said "I will never play for Pittsburgh" like a million times before the draft and then he didn't sign and the Pirates basically deferred that pick until the next year (which was controversial because it's the kind of BS they always pull). That pick turned into Austin Matthews, who they then proceeded to give away to TBR (with Tyler Glasgow) for 33 starts from Chris Archer. So Appel is a great example of how the Pirates literally do almost nothing right. We are just waiting around to see how they will screw up Oneill Cruz.

   15. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 28, 2022 at 10:52 AM (#6084259)
This whole thing reminds me of the story of Todd Van Poppel, another highly touted pitcher who turned out to be hot garbage for years, until he finally was moved to the bullpen and turned in a couple of passable seasons. One big difference was that Van Poppel was given a lot of chances at the major league level, but his numbers in the majors look a lot like Appel's numbers in the minors.
   16. sanny manguillen Posted: June 28, 2022 at 11:54 AM (#6084267)
he basically said "I will never play for Pittsburgh" like a million times before the draft and

Is this correct? Appel was supposed to go right at the top of the draft, the Pirates were picking #8. I know he was considered a tough sign because Cole had gotten about $10 million the year before and MLB didn't want to see anyone get that much again.
   17. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: June 30, 2022 at 08:50 AM (#6084722)
he finally got into a game last night--so that leaves Chilcott, Brien Taylor, and probably Brady Aiken

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