Mark Stewart Appel (born July 15, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher. Appel plays in minor league baseball for the Houston Astros organization.
Stanford University and played for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. Named the NCBWA's Pitcher of the Year in 2012, he was projected as the first overall draft choice in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, but fell in the draft due to signability concerns. Appel did not sign after being selected, returning to Stanford for his senior season. The Astros selected him with the first overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and he signed with the Astros.
Amateur career [ edit ]
Monte Vista High School in Danville, California. As a senior in high school, Appel was a [1 ] relief pitcher, because other pitchers were perceived as more talented. In addition to baseball, Appel also played [2 ] basketball at Monte Vista. [3 ]
Appel was drafted by the
Detroit Tigers in the 15th round, with the 450th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, as he was committed to attend Stanford University. At Stanford, Appel received a scholarship to play [4 ] college baseball for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team, competing in the Pac-10 Conference. Appel began his collegiate career as a reliever, and had several spot starts as a freshman, but became a starting pitcher during his sophomore season. In the summer of 2010, he played for the [5 ] Newport Gulls of the NECBL, posting a 6–1 record and 1.87 ERA and earning First Team All-NECBL and Top Pro Prospect honors.  As a sophomore in 2011, Appel had a 6–7 win-loss record with a 3.02 earned run average (ERA) in 110 1⁄ 3 innings pitched. [1 ]
Appel was named a First Team
All-American before the 2012 season. As a junior, he pitched to a 10–2 record and 2.56 ERA. [1 ] Appel was projected as a potential [6 ] first overall pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft, [1 ] but reportedly rejected an offer from the Astros for a $6 million [7 ] signing bonus. Due to the high perceived bonus demands, Appel fell in the draft to the 8th overall selection, where he was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, Appel did not sign with the Pirates before the July 13, 2012, deadline and instead played his senior year at Stanford. [6 ] He turned down an offer of a $3.8 million [8 ] signing bonus. [9 ]
Appel graduated from Stanford after the fall semester, receiving a degree in
Management Science and Engineering. For the Cardinal baseball team, Appel pitched to a 10–4 record with a 2.12 ERA and struck out 130 batters in 106 innings. The Pac-12 Conference honored him as their Scholar-Athlete of the Year. 1⁄ 3 [9 ]
Professional career [ edit ]
Appel was selected by the
Houston Astros with the first pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. On June 19 he signed with the Astros for a signing bonus bonus worth $6.35 million. [10 ] [11 ]
Appel made his professional debut in July with the
Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League. After making two starts for Tri-City, the Astros promoted Appel to the [12 ] Quad Cities River Bandits of the Class A Midwest League. When Appel joined Quad Cities, teaming with [13 ] Carlos Correa, this marked the first time that two consecutive first overall draft picks played for the same minor league team. [14 ] The Astros ended Appel's season in August, with approximately 140 innings pitched on the season, between college and minor league baseball. [15 ] For Tri-City and Quad Cities, Appel pitched to a 3-1 record in 10 games started, with a 3.79 ERA and 33 [16 ] strikeouts with nine walks in 38 innings. [17 ]
The Astros invited Appel to
spring training in 2014 as a non-roster player. Appel underwent an appendectomy in January, which delayed his preparations for the 2014 season. He was reassigned to minor league camp, where he made his spring debut. [18 ] He started for the Astros in their final spring training game, throwing three scoreless innings against the [19 ] Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz of the Mexican League. The Astros assigned Appel to the [20 ] Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League at the start of the regular season. He struggled with his adaptation to the Astros' tandem starting rotation, and went to extended spring training after four starts. [21 ] After a month, he returned to Lancaster. [22 ] [23 ]
Personal [ edit ]
Appel was born in
Houston, Texas. His family moved to San Ramon, California when he was 12 years old. [24 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d "Appel, Diekroeger join Piscotty as baseball preseason All-America – San Jose Mercury News". Mercurynews.com . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ Rogers, Kendall. "Notebook: Appel, Reckling shining" (PDF). Perfect Game USA . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ "InsideBayArea.com: Oakland and East Bay News, Sports, Jobs, Cars and Real Estate". Nl.newsbank.com. February 13, 2009 . Retrieved June 5, 2012. (subscription required)
^ Kroner, Steve (June 9, 2009). "Nothing can rival the bond between a couple of Kettleers". Sfgate.com . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ "Stanford baseball loses its Pac-10 opener to USC, 13–8". Palo Alto Online . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ a b "Pirates unable to reach deal with Appel | pirates.com: News". Pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com . Retrieved June 7, 2013.
^ "2012 MLB Draft Top Prospects with Scouting Grades". BaseballNewsHound.com . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ "Stanford ace Mark Appel has moved past last year's draft". Usatoday.com. May 16, 2013 . Retrieved June 7, 2013.
^ a b "Stanford's Mark Appel no regrets in second year as top MLB draft prospect – ESPN". Espn.go.com. January 1, 2008 . Retrieved June 7, 2013.
^ "Astros take Houston native Appel with top pick | astros.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. May 24, 2013 . Retrieved June 7, 2013.
^ "No. 1 overall MLB Draft pick Mark Appel signs with Astros | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. June 19, 2013 . Retrieved July 20, 2013.
^ "Ultimate Astros » Astros’ Mark Appel scheduled to make pro debut Friday for Tri-City". Blog.chron.com. July 2, 2013 . Retrieved July 20, 2013.
^ Perry, Dayn. "Astros promote top pick Mark Appel to Midwest League". CBSSports.com . Retrieved July 20, 2013.
^ Marco LaNave (July 19, 2013). "Bullpen, offense boost Bandits over TinCaps, 6–3". Major League Baseball . Retrieved July 20, 2013.
^ Steve Batterson (July 10, 2013). "Top pick Appel to make history with Bandits". Quad City Times . Retrieved July 20, 2013.
^ "No. 1 pick Mark Appel will be shut down soon by Astros | HardballTalk". Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. August 14, 2013 . Retrieved March 16, 2014.
^ Heneghan, Kelsie. "Astros' Appel 'humbled' by tough loss | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com . Retrieved June 5, 2014.
^ "Appel throws for second time this week | astros.com: News". Houston.astros.mlb.com. March 15, 2014 . Retrieved March 16, 2014.
^ "Ultimate Astros » Mark Appel pleased after spring debut". Blog.chron.com. March 21, 2014 . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
^ "Mark Appel makes 1st spring training start, pitches Astros to 6–1 win over Veracruz". Fox Newsdate=March 30, 2014. Associated Press . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
^ "Ultimate Astros » Mark Appel, Carlos Correa to start at Class A Lancaster". Blog.chron.com. April 2, 2014 . Retrieved April 3, 2014.
^ Jackson, Josh (April 26, 2014). "Appel headed to extended spring training | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com . Retrieved June 5, 2014.
^ "Astros prospect Mark Appel endures nightmare start in return to Class A Advanced Lancaster | astros.com: News". Houston.astros.mlb.com. January 6, 2014 . Retrieved June 5, 2014.
^ "High Heels On The Field: Stanford Pitcher Mark Appel Talks Success And Being A Possible First Rounder". Highheelsonthefield.typepad.com. March 23, 2011 . Retrieved June 5, 2012.
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