|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||55.00||2.00||4.00||0.00||4.25||1.44||37.00||21.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|07/28/2014||James Loney, 1B TB|
Raul Mondesi, SS KC
Mark Appel, SP HOU
|Marco Gonzales, SP STL|
Lance Lynn, SP STL
|07/28/2014||Matt Cain, SP SF|
Mark Appel, SP HOU
Eddie Butler, SP COL
Jurickson Profar, 2B TEX
|Gerrit Cole, SP PIT|
|07/28/2014||Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP LAD|
Mark Appel, SP HOU
|Noah Syndergaard, SP NYM|
|Mark Appel earns promotion to Double-A |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(7/27/14) After arguably throwing his best performance of the season Thursday, the Astros announced Sunday that starting pitcher prospect Mark Appel, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has been promoted from Class A Lancaster to Double-A Corpus Christi.
Appel went 2-5 with a 9.74 ERA and .372 opponents' batting average in 12 starts for Lancaster. In his last start, he allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, while striking out seven.
|Mark Appel finally shows signs of life in Class A |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(7/25/14) Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel finally showed a flash of brilliance Thursday, as he worked his way through the best start of his season at Class A Lancaster.
Appel, who entered the start with a 10.80 ERA in 11 starts, tossed a season-long six innings while using just 74 pitches, according to the Houston Chronicle. Appel allowed two runs on five hits in his six innings of work while striking out a season-high seven batters in the game. Lancaster manager Rodney Liranes said it was the best outing he has seen from Appel.
"I was really, really impressed," Linares said. "He still had something in the tank to go back out, but it was just such a great outing and a good game that I wanted to stop it right there and start from there for the next time."
Appel still has a 9.74 ERA in 44 1/3 innings of work for the season, while allowing 15 hits and 1.8 home runs per nine innings. He has 40 strikeouts and 11 walks in 44 1/3 innings on the season.
|Astros GM: Mark Appel's wrist not a concern |
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
(7/14/14) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said pitching prospect Mark Appel, who has a 9.57 ERA at Class A Lancaster, is healthy. "He had a wrist issue a few weeks ago but it's behind him now," Luhnow told the Houston Chronicle.
The No. 1 overall pick last year, Appel received a cortisone shot in his wrist recently, his agent said.
|Mark Appel scratched with thumb issues |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(6/5/14) Astros pitcher Mark Appel has been scratched with thumb tendinitis, according to MLB.com.
Appel was set to start Thursday, but he was scratched. He's expected to miss one start due to the injury. Appel has had a rough season thus far. An appendectomy set him back during the spring, forcing him to miss the beginning of the season. Over five games, he's posted an 11.93 ERA in Class A.
|Report: Reasons to be concerned about Mark Appel |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(6/2/14) After Astros pitching prospect Mark Appel was blasted for 10 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings during a start with high Class A Lancaster at the end of May, "there are plenty of reasons to be concerned that the early struggles are a strong indicator he'll never reach the front-end starter projection placed on him," Baseball America reports.
Appel's 10-run start was the worst by a top college draftee this century, scoring negative-five in terms of the statistic Game Score. Appel has actually had two of the worst eight Game Scores by a college pitcher picked in the top three in their first two pro seasons this century, and the track record isn't great for other qualified pitchers who own the worst 20 starts.
Pro scouts who saw him pitch last year said that "he lacked an out pitch, didn't exhibit much feel for pitching and generally didn't have sharp secondary stuff to go with his fastball." These early indicators are not proof of future results, but he now has some road to travel before he'll garner the same elite status that made him the No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft.
|As prospects go, Mark Appel's legend precedes him in part because of his highly publicized spurning of the Pirates as the eighth overall pick in 2012. Everyone knows he's a good one, and because he played four years of college ball, everyone expects him to arrive soon. How good and how soon remain to be seen. He was less than outstanding in his first 10 starts as a professional, all in the lower levels, but that was with him pushing 150 innings for the first time, factoring in his work at Stanford. His velocity and control were everything you'd expect of a top prospect, though, and scouts were generally impressed with his secondary stuff. In other words, when assessing Appel for Fantasy purposes, you should rely more on what you've heard over the last couple years than on his small sample of data as a professional. Of course, when assessing him for Fantasy purposes, you should be thinking more in terms of keeper leagues than single-season formats. The Astros are committed to a slow rebuild, and he'd need to skip a level or two to reach the majors this year. He might be worth a flier in deeper AL-only leagues just in case, but that's it.
(Updated 1/14/14) |
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|7/28/14||OAK||8:10 pm||Jesse Chavez|
|7/29/14||OAK||8:10 pm||Jeff Samardzija|
|7/30/14||OAK||2:10 pm||Jason Hammel|
|7/31/14||TOR||8:10 pm||Drew Hutchison|
|8/1/14||TOR||8:10 pm||J.A. Happ|
|8/2/14||TOR||7:10 pm||R.A. Dickey|
|8/3/14||TOR||2:10 pm||Marcus Stroman|
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