Appel allowed five hits over 8.1 scoreless innings Monday for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He struck out eight and walked three.

This was easily Appel's best start of the season. He generated 13 groundball outs and threw 70 of his 119 pitches for strikes. Overall, it has been another tough season for the top pick in the 2013 draft. He has a 5.05 ERA and a 49:41 K:BB in 71.1 innings. With poor command and a middling strikeout rate, it looks like Appel will have to be shifted to a bullpen role at some point to see if he can be productive in shorter stints.

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