Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:27:41 -0800
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (appendix) is being brought along slowly as he recovers from an appendectomy last month, and he's yet to face hitters in live batting practice. He's thrown off a mound a couple of times in camp. "Everything feels good," said Appel, taken with the No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford last year. "They're taking some precautions after the appendectomy. The training staff wants me to be 100 percent healthy before I start pitching live. I'm taking it slow, just playing catch day by day. I'm kind of building up again after taking a break."
Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:52:04 -0800
Houston Astros manager Bo Porter said the team has not talked about when SP Mark Appel (appendix) will make his first appearance in a spring training game.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:12:33 -0800
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (appendix) threw a bullpen session Saturday, Feb. 22, and did not have any problems.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:24:37 -0800
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (appendix) threw his first bullpen Thursday, Feb. 20, since having an appendectomy, throwing 22 pitches off the mound. Appel said he felt good following the workout.
Thu, 06 Feb 2014 16:48:29 -0800
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel (appendix) is already doing exercises after undergoing an appendectomy.
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:38:20 -0800
Houston Astros P Mark Appel (appendix) underwent an appendectomy Thursday, Jan. 30, and is recovering nicely. He'll report to spring training on time Feb. 15.
Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:53:30 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel is expected to make two more starts for Class A Quad Cities before being shut down for the season, including the playoffs, general manager Jeff Luhnow said Tuesday, Aug. 13.
Fantasy Tip: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft is a stud in long-term fantasy keeper leagues, but those in re-draft formats will want to avoid him even in 2014.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:56:39 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, has been promoted to Class A Quad Cities. He joins 2012 No. 1 overall pick SS Carlos Correa.
Fantasy Tip: Appel is supposed to be on the fast track. Most fantasy owners won't need to pay much attention until he arrives at the Class AA level, but they should become familiar with the polished righty.
Fri, 05 Jul 2013 18:01:11 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel made his professional debut Friday, July 5, for Class A Tri-City, allowing two runs and three hits with one strikeout in two innings. His first pro pitch was hit over the center fielder's head for a triple, but he settled down somewhat after the uneven start. He needed just seven pitches for a perfect inning in the second before departing. He threw 19 of his 26 pitches for strikes. A scout at the stadium had Appel's velocity a little higher than the stadium gun, registering at 94-95 mph.
Wed, 03 Jul 2013 07:25:15 -0700
Houston Astros SP Mark Appel will make his professional debut at Class A Tri-City Friday, July 5.