Mark Appel

#66 SP / Philadelphia Phillies / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-5 Weight: 230 lb Age: 25 College: Stanford Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Phillies' Mark Appel: Optioned to minors
      By RotoWire Staff

      Appel was optioned to the Phillies' minor-league camp Tuesday, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports. Most of the prospect sheen has worn off Appel at this point, but despite the demotion back to the minors, the former No. 1 overall pick has a good chance to surface with the Phillies later in 2017. He was added to the 40-man roster in the offseason and will presumably be on the team's short list of call-ups when a spot starter is needed, but until that happens, Appel will have to bide his time at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's compiled a 4.47 ERA and 1.98 K/BB rate over 20 career starts at the Triple-A level.

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    • Phillies' Mark Appel: Fully recovered from surgery
      By RotoWire Staff

      Appel said he is able to get more extension when throwing now that he is pitching without bone spurs in his elbow, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports. "I think a big thing for me, and really pitchers in general, is the amount of extension you get when you're throwing the ball," Appel said. "I think it helps with velocity, it helps with control, it helps just with the stress that goes through your elbow. When I had bone spurs, it really limited that range." Appel had surgery last June to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. He also missed time with shoulder problems last season, and pitched just 38.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being shut down for the season. He's healthy now and is expected to open the year in the rotation back at Lehigh Valley. If he continues to struggle as a starter, the Phillies could decide to put him in the pen to see if he can deliver as a reliever instead.

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    • Phillies' Mark Appel: Added to 40-man roster
      By RotoWire Staff

      Appel (elbow) was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Friday. The top pick in the 2013 first-year player draft, he struggled mightily in his first two years with full-season affiliates and was unceremoniously shipped out of Houston last winter in the Ken Giles trade. Things didn't get much better for Appel in 2016, as he posted a 4.46 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in eight starts at Triple-A before ultimately having surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. However, he's making steady progress in his recovery and could compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

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    • Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Appel (elbow) will finish his rehab work in the next few weeks and head home for the offseason to prepare for spring training, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports. Appel is recovering from surgery in June to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He was 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 34:20 K:BB in 38.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year before he was shut down. He will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.

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    • Appel (elbow) is expected to start throwing off a mound in a few weeks, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Appel is recovering from surgery in late June to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. He struggled at Triple-A this past season, going 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 34:20 K:BB in 38.1 innings. He is expected to be ready for spring training.

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