Mark Appel was your selection as the #17 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Appel received 92 of 303 votes (30%) to achieve a plurality victory over Nick Pivetta (56 votes, 18%), Ben Lively (46 votes, 15%), and Alberto Tirado (30 votes, 10%).
Mark Appel was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tigers in the 15th round of the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft. He opted to attend college and was re-drafted as a Junior by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Stanford University. He opted to return to school and was re-drafted as a Senior by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (1st overall) of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Appel made 2 short appearances in the NY-Penn League before advancing to Full A in 2013. He started 2014 in Advanced A and after 4 months finished the season in AA. Appel attended the Arizona Fall League after the 2014 season. 2015 found Appel in AA for 2 months before he finished the season in AAA. at this point, Appel was probably a disappointment for Astros’ fans, his ERA was disappointing at around 4.50 and his K/9 aand BB/9 were moving in the wrong directions.
During the off season following the 2015 season, the Phillies acquired Appel as part of the package they received in the “Giles Trade”. The traded RHP Ken Giles and a low minor league infielder (SS Jonathan Arauz) to the Houston Astros for LHP Brett Oberholtzer, RHP Harold Arauz, RHP Tom Eshelman, RHP Vince Velasquez, and Appel.
Appel gets an “Incomplete” for the 2016 season. After 8 starts with Lehigh Valley, he was put on the DL with a strained right shoulder on May 27th. His season was done. His game logs show that he pitched well in his first 4 games (3-0, 1.64 ERA), but not so well in his second 4 games (0-3, 8.28). It’s likely that Appel tried to pitch through pain at some point, and that his numbers were affected by his shoulder well before he went on the DL.
I reported during Instructs, that I overheard Dickie Noles talking to one of their top scouts about how well Appel looked during a mound session. He reminded them of how good he looked at the start of the season before the injury . And I checked with Joe Jordan to see if I could report such. Sounds good.
However, in an effort to report both sides, this statement was made during Gelb’s chat in response to a question about recent reports on Appel, “Just chatter for now. The Phillies expect him to be ready for spring training. He’s been throwing. I think Appel’s future is in the bullpen, and I have heard that from numerous talent evaluators across the game. Some organizations were surprised to see the Phillies protect him before the Rule 5 draft. But it’s hard to give up on an arm that had enough talent to go 1-1 in the draft.”
This is the discussion that has been going on here for weeks, rotation or bull pen. I’m sure we’ll get an answer this season.
Next up is your selection for the #18 prospect in the organization with the following additions to the poll, 4 pitchers and an outfielder – Seranthony Dominguez, Ranger Suarez, Nick Fanti, Jordan Kurokawa and Josh Stephen.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
- Roman Quinn
- Nick Williams
- Franklyn Kilome
- Sixto Sanchez
- Rhys Hoskins
- Dylan Cozens
- “C” Randolph
- Scott Kingery
- Kevin Gowdy
- Harold Arauz
- Andrew Knapp
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Adonis Medina
- Mark Appel