Mark Appel

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Philadelphia Phillies AAA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in June of 2022.
Optioned to Triple-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
August 3, 2022
Appel was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Appel was called up by the Phillies on Saturday, and he allowed a run in 3.1 innings over two relief appearances during his time with the major-league club. However, he'll head back to the minors after the Phillies made several acquisitions ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
25
Last 10 Games
25
Last 5 Games
28
How many pitches does Mark Appel generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Mark Appel generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-47%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-47%
BAA vs LHP
2021
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .154 14 0 1 2 0 0 0
Since 2020vs Right .292 26 5 2 7 2 0 0
2022vs Left .154 14 0 1 2 0 0 0
2022vs Right .292 26 5 2 7 2 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
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-100%
ERA at Home
2021
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 0.00 0.75 4.0 0 0 0 2.3 4.5 0.0
Since 2020Away 2.84 1.42 6.1 0 0 0 5.7 1.4 0.0
2022Home 0.00 0.75 4.0 0 0 0 2.3 4.5 0.0
2022Away 2.84 1.42 6.1 0 0 0 5.7 1.4 0.0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Mark Appel compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.67
 
K/9
4.4
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
1.74
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.272
 
GB/FB
2.25
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.6%
 
Spin Rate
1868 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.9%
 
Swinging Strike
7.4%
 
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Little if anything remains of the prospect pedigree which saw Appel drafted No. 1 overall ahead of Kris Bryant in the 2013 draft. Appel recently cleared waivers, and he'll start 2018 at Triple-A Lehigh Valley off of the Phillies' 40-man roster, meaning he isn't likely to be one of the first pitchers called up in the event of an injury. Appel's numbers in Triple-A last season make it pretty clear why no team claimed him; he posted a well-deserved 5.27 ERA, with a low strikeout rate (6.6 K/9) and a very high walk rate (5.8 BB/9). As a 26-year-old with no major-league experience, Appel has very limited value in all but the deepest of leagues. Appel is unlikely to earn much if any playing time in the majors this season, and has given little reason to believe he'll perform well if he does get time, as he hasn't posted an ERA lower than 4.26 at any minor-league stop since 2014.
Appel, the top pick in the 2013 first-year player draft (infamously, over Kris Bryant), was limited to eight starts at Triple-A in his first year in the Phillies' organization. A shoulder strain forced Appel to the shelf initially and he underwent surgery in late June to remove a bone spur from his elbow. The results early on were decent enough, with Appel allowing a total of four earned runs in his first four starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley (22 innings), but the peripherals were less than stellar. The right-hander issued 20 walks in his eight starts -- his walk rate has steadily risen as he's advanced up the minor league ladder. He was said to be back to full health entering spring training, and he did fan 10 in nine Grapefruit League innings, but Appel was among the first couple rounds of spring roster cuts. While Appel is on the 40-man roster and thus could get an opportunity this season, his stuff has not looked rotation-worthy and he's almost 26. There's no reason to stash him in single-season leagues. Even those in keeper leagues with minor league spots should consider cutting bait at this point.
Despite less-than-stellar results at every minor league stop with the Astros, Appel continued to ascend the ranks last season. In June, he was promoted to Triple-A Fresno and made 12 starts in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, going 5-2 with a 4.48 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 61:28 K:BB ratio over 68.1 innings. With a mid-90s fastball, and above-average secondary offerings (slider and changeup), Appel has the stuff to become a mid-rotation starter in the big leagues, but for every flash of brilliance he displays, an absolute dud follows. The No. 1 pick of the 2013 draft, he was included in the package to Philadelphia in the Ken Giles trade, which only lent further credence to Appel's detractors. Appel must show improved consistency if he expects to crack the Phillies' rotation at some point in the first half. The time to sell high in dynasty leagues may have passed, but if a top-100 prospect is still available in return, owners should jump on that before the start of the season.
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 starts before the Astros sent him back to extended spring training to regain his velocity. Instead of sitting in the mid-90s, Appel was topping out around 90 mph, likely due to a combination of the appendectomy and difficulty adjusting to the Astros' tandem starter development system. The setback lasted just over a month before he was averaging 95 mph again, and while he endured further struggles upon his return to Lancaster, including wrist and thumb injuries, Appel persevered and began flashing the potential that made him the top overall pick of the 2013 draft. A somewhat controversial promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi was a risk that paid off for the Astros, as Appel responded with a 3.69 ERA and 38:13 K:BB over 39 innings with the Hooks. He was a standout pitcher in the Arizona Fall League as well, but despite his recent resurgence, Appel likely needs a big year at Double-A and/or Triple-A to earn a shot with the major league club in 2015.
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.
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Recalled from minors
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
July 30, 2022
Appel was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
July 16, 2022
Appel was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday.
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Receiving call to big leagues
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
June 24, 2022
Appel is expected to be called up by the Phillies ahead of Saturday's game against the Padres, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Rebooting career
PPhiladelphia Phillies  AAA
March 28, 2021
Appel plans to end his retirement in the near future before reporting to the Phillies' minor-league camp, Matt Gelb and Evan Drellich of The Athletic report.
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Stepping away from baseball
PFree Agent  AAA
February 1, 2018
Appel said in an interview with Joon Lee of Bleacher Report that he is taking an "indefinite break" from professional baseball.
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