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Mark Appel had the best start of his pro career last night

Aug 27, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Astros prospect Mark Appel was terrible at Single-A and then there was a weird quasi-controversy about him throwing a bullpen session in Houston, but now the former No. 1 overall pick is thriving at Double-A.

Last night Appel tossed eight innings of shutout, two-hit ball while striking out 10 and and walking one. And, according to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, the 23-year-old right-hander’s average fastball clocked in at 96 miles per hour.

Appel had an ugly 9.74 ERA in 12 starts at high Single-A to begin the season, but since a promotion to Double-A he’s made six starts with a 3.15 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio in 34 innings while allowing just one home run.

  1. cjn728 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Seems like yet another good reason to keep pitching prospects out of the California League.

  2. alexo0 - Aug 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Perfect time for Luhnow to offer him a 10 year – $10 million contract.

  3. jsala02 - Aug 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Cal league is brutal! I have tempered my expectations with Appel, if he can be a solid 2/3 starter on a good team, I will take it. Not what you want with a 1-1, especially with Kris Bryant hitting bombs, but I will take it.

  4. Detroit Michael - Aug 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    That’s got to be encouraging for Appel. Good news.

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