As was reported Saturday night, the Houston Astros have promoted Mark Appel to Double-A. The 2013 No. 1 overall pick in the June draft, it's not surprising that the 23-year-old Appel would get to Double-A just over a year since being selected. Given his pretty awful Class A numbers, though, it's surprising how he's gotten there.
Sunday, Appel threw a bullpen session in front of Astros personnel at Minute Maid Park and, apparently, the combination of the possibly undeserved promotion along with the bullpen session didn't sit well with some Astros players.
Via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle:
Another player just approached me to complain about Appel's promotion and bullpen session. Multiple expletives were dropped. Not good.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
And I'm not the only reporter who has been made aware of the players' anger over Appel.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Let's just put it this way, folks, the fact that Appel was brought here has upset more than a few players.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
"It's (expletive) unbelievable," an Astros player just said out of the blue about Mark Appel being allowed throw a bullpen.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
It's possible Appel is getting special treatment, sure. But guess what? He was the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. Those guys get special treatment sometimes. Welcome to life, where it ain't fair sometimes.
Seriously, clean it up, anonymous Astros players. Do your job and quit whining about a Double-A player.