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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||85.00||5.00||5.00||0.00||3.81||1.27||77.00||27.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|12/26/2014||Mark Appel, SP HOU|
Matt Wisler, SP ATL
|Tyler Skaggs, SP LAA|
Dalton Pompey, CF TOR
|12/23/2014||Mark Appel, SP HOU||Jason Heyward, RF STL|
|12/23/2014||Anibal Sanchez, SP DET|
Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS
|Daniel Robertson, SS TB|
Mark Appel, SP HOU
Astros' Mark Appel searching for success at Triple-A level
|by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer|
|(7/16/15) Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel has made three starts since being promoted to Triple-A Fresno. The 2013 first-overall draft pick is 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA in 15 1/3 innings.
His ERA is a bit inflated, as he gave up seven runs in his first start with the Grizzlies. Taking out that start, and Appel's mark goes down to a much more comfortable 2.19.
Overall this season, Appel has a 4.58 ERA while pitching for Double-A and Triple-A. With the Astros in the thick of a pennant race, it remains to be seen if Appel will make his Major League debut at some point this season.
Astros promote prospect Mark Appel to Triple-A
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(6/24/15) The Astros have promoted pitcher Mark Appel to its Triple-A affiliate, reports MLB.com.
Appel is 5-1 with a 4.26 ERA and one complete game at Double-A this season.
Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel blossoming at Double-A
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/22/15) Astros prized prospect Mark Appel has seen former Double-A teammates and fellow starting pitchers Lance McCullers and Vincent Velasquez reach the majors this season. He is hoping to join them in the near future
A promotion to Triple-A is at least a strong possibility. The former No. 1 overall draft pick has rebounded from a poor start this season to perform well. He is 2-0 over his last five starts. He has allowed just seven earned runs with eight walks and 24 strikeouts in 29 innings in compiling a 2.14 ERA over that stretch and lower it to 4.26 on the year.
The Astros have urged Appel to be more aggressive early in counts and get ahead of hitters by establishing his fastball rather than nibble. The advice has paid off.
"I think just everything has kind of been going off my fastball, so getting the fastball ... down in the zone and throwing it early in the count, that really opens up a lot of doors for my off-speed stuff or maybe elevating my fastball by design," he told MLB.com. "Being able to get ahead of hitters, it puts you in a pitcher's count and also you end up not really walking too many guys."
Appel has indeed walked just five in 18 1/3 innings over his last four starts after piling up nine in 13 1/3 innings over his previous three outings.
Astros looking for consistency from prospect Mark Appel
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(5/5/15) Astros pitcher Mark Appel is undefeated (2-0) at Double-A this season, but the team isn't satisfied with what they've seen from the 2013 first-round draft pick.
"I'd like to see some consistently dominant outings," Astros GM Jeff Luhnow said, per the Houston Chronicle. "We all know he’s capable of doing that up here, but a little bit more of a track record would be (good)."
Appel started the season looking like he was ready for a promotion. In his first three starts, he had a 1.92 ERA, with 11 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings.
He's come back to earth since, with a 9.39 ERA, six walks and seven strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Astros prospect Mark Appel off to strong start at Double-A
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(4/24/15) Astros pitcher Mark Appel appears to be living up his draft status over three starts at Double-A.
Appel was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft and is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA over three starts in the minors, reports the Houston Chronicle.
|2014 summary: Mark Appel, the 2013 first overall pick in the June amateur draft, started off his 2014 season miserably, getting knocked around in the Advanced Class A California League for a 9.74 ERA. Things started to turn around for Appel as soon as he left the notoriously hitter-friendly league, as he recorded a 3.69 ERA over 39 innings at Double-A Corpus Christi. Thumb and wrist injuries helped to limit Appel to a total of 83 1/3 inning between his two minor league stops.|
Playing time status: It is unlikely that Appel will break camp with the Astros, but he could join their rotation by midseason.
2015 outlook: Appel is still a must-own in dynasty formats, and after a disappointing season, he could present owners with a buy-low opportunity. In single-season leagues, Appel is no more than a late-round AL-only flier.
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