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Astros promote Mark Appel to join fellow No. 1 pick Carlos Correa

Jul 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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Mark Appel’s first professional stop lasted five innings and after a pair of rookie-ball appearances the Astros have promoted the No. 1 overall pick to low Single-A.

Appel is headed to Quad Cities of the Midwest League, where last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Carlos Correa, has been playing (and thriving) all season. Chad Thornburg of notes that only four previous minor league teams have had two No. 1 picks on the roster at the same time, although it seems likely that Appel’s stay in Quad Cities may be a short one as well.

Correa has been overshadowed somewhat by the guy picked one spot after him last year, Byron Buxton, but the 18-year-old shortstop is hitting .325 in 69 games against full-season competition to establish himself as one of the best infield prospects in baseball.

  1. gatordontplay - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    as an Astros fan the only thing to look foward to is appel correa springer singlenton de shields villar cosart. the sooner these guys get to Houston the better

    • jeffa43 - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      Add Foltynewicz ….. And, Amen!

  2. hittfamily - Jul 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    It would be nice if he named the 4 teams. Matt Bush and Tim Beckham both were in AA Montgomery in 2011. Bryce Harper and Strasburg each played all 3 levels with the Nats in 2011, so they likely overlapped. That’s all I’ve got.

    • gerryb323 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM


      1970 Tidewater Tides Triple-A Steven Chilcott (1966) and Tim Foli (1968)
      1975 Hawaii Islanders Triple-A Dave Roberts (1972) and Bill Almon (1974)
      1981 Lynn Sailors Double-A Al Chambers (1979) and Mike Moore (1981)
      2013 Quad Cities River Bandits low-A Carlos Correa (2012) and Mark Appel (2013)

      • hittfamily - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        Bush and Beckham were definately team mates in 2011. I can’t find the box score, but here is the write up. Beckham got the winning hit for the Montgomery Biscuits, while Matt Bush got the win.

      • gerryb323 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Not going to argue with that, or the Harper/Strasburg combo. I just posted the list from several articles.

        Seems like whoever released the info didn’t do much research. One article even says they are the first back-to-back number one picks to play together. Which isn’t true because of Harper/Strasburg…

      • hittfamily - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        Thanks for posting the link Gerry. It’s nice to have the info, and even nicer to learn multiple writers quote an incorrect list without ever sourcing it.

    • someguyinva - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      I’m not sure that Strasburg and Harper are included in the count. Article says that this is the first time two consecutive number one overall picks have played for the same minor league team, and even though Strasburg rehabbed at Harrisburg while Harper was there in 2011, maybe because he was on the Major League DL that doesn’t count?

      Or could be the article’s wrong….

      • gerryb323 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        After digging a little, it seems Harper was already shut down for the 2011 season when Stras made his rehab start there. So at least that’s something correct.

  3. jeffa43 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Springer 426 7 17 in 15 games… After destroying AA

    Call him up!

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