23-Year-Old Pitcher – Houston Astros
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Appel's bizarre 2014 started off on the wrong foot after his spring was cut short due to an appendectomy. Once healthy, he opened the season with High-A Lancaster and struggled (6.23 ERA) through four...
Mark Appel Contract Information:
Signed with the Astros in June of 2013.
Appel will attend major league camp for spring training, the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Houston Astros Roster
MajorsAltuve, Jose (2B)
AAACastro, Erik (1B)
AAAppel, Mark (P)
A+Correa, Carlos (SS)
ABostick, Akeem (P)
RookieAmador, Wilson (SS)
Mark Appel: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Appel, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 MLB draft, pitched at two levels in his first professional season, accumulating 10 starts between short-season Tri-City and Low-A Quad Cities. He was impressive in those starts, posting solid ratios (7.8 K/9, 2.1 BB/9) en route to a 3-1 record with a 3.79 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. With a major league ready three-pitch arsenal that includes a mid-90s fastball, hard slider and circle changeup, Appel proved more than capable of getting a significant number of his outs on the ground (2.24 GB/FB) and subsequently, kept the ball inside the park (0.5 HR/9). The 22-year-old will likely open the season at Double-A Corpus Christi. If all goes well, Appel is a solid bet to join the Astros at some point this season.