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No. 1 pick Mark Appel finishes pro debut with 3.79 ERA

Aug 27, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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As expected the Astros have shut down No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel shortly before the end of the minor-league season to limit his workload.

Appel made his final appearance Sunday at low Single-A and finishes his professional debut with a 3.79 ERA and 33/9 K/BB ratio in 38 innings between two levels. Not a particularly spectacular first taste of pro ball for a No. 1 pick and experienced college ace, but certainly not bad either.

Between the minors and college he threw a total of 144 innings this season, so he’ll skip the Single-A team’s playoff run and rest up for next year. Appel figures to begin 2014 at high Single-A or Double-A and presumably should move pretty quickly if things go well, perhaps reaching the majors at age 22 within a year of being drafted.

  1. modellforprez - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    break a leg kid. literally

    • jeffa43 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Anyone who has ever played sports, never wishes injury on even their enemy’s.

      So, since you are not an athlete, and don’t know the pain of working hard toward goals and having an injury occur….

      Go turn on your garbage disposal, and try and grab the blades.

      Douchebag post moron.

      • dblevins2013 - Aug 27, 2013 at 2:42 PM

        He must be a pirates fan still mad about not signing him last year. I agree piss off DOUCHEBAG!!

  2. senioreditor2 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Did he tear anything yet? He did pitch 38 innings! The more they baby them, the weaker their arms get. It’s so obvious, but no one can see it. In the old days, pitchers were a dime a dozen and the weak were discarded in the minors and only the strong survived and made it to the majors. Today, money dictates who makes it to the majors and the weak are never exposed until it’s too late.

    • jeffa43 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Very true… But not exact science. Harvey is big and strong, and unfortunate stuff happens.

    • ltzep75 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      See more on Know Your Meme

      • ltzep75 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Ugh. Tried to post a link to a picture, and instead I turned out to be the idiot/troller.

      • ltzep75 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:59 PM

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Gray has been much better, and the Pirates Meadows is having a great debut in rookie ball.

    • gdobs227 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      Meadows has been great.

      But just imagine Appel possibly debuting next year with Tallion to join Cole. Oh well, it was never to be.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        Meh, the Pirates also have Luis Heredia who’s as solid a SP prospect as Tallion.

  4. dan46778 - Aug 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    U thought the more u pitch the strong u will get

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