Appel allowed six runs on 11 hits over four innings Tuesday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Appel gave up a couple of home runs in a game that saw a total of five homers hit thanks in part to a strong breeze blowing out to right field. The former No. 1 overall pick now has a 7.48 ERA and a 17:9 K:BB in 21.2 innings for Lehigh Valley this season. He has also failed to go past five innings in any of his starts. The Phillies may soon have to think about shifting Appel to the pen to see if his stuff will play up better in a relief role. It is looking increasingly unlikely that he will ever carve out a career as a starter in the majors.
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.
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
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.
Appel is recovering from surgery in June to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. He went 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA and a 34:20 K:BB in 38.1 innings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley before being shut down. The two-time first-round pick will likely get a chance to compete for a rotation spot this spring.
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|2013||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||3||1||3.82||8||8||0||0||0||33.0||30||16||14||2||1||9||27|
|2014||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||1||2||3.69||7||6||1||0||0||39.0||35||17||16||2||2||13||38|
|2015||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||5||1||4.26||13||13||1||0||0||63.1||68||34||30||7||2||23||49|
|2016||AAA-Lehigh Valley IronPi||3||3||4.46||8||8||0||0||0||38.1||40||22||19||3||1||20||34|