Mark Appel

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School: SCHOOL
Position: POSBats/Throws: B/T
Year Acquired by Phillies: YYYY
Height: X’ XX”Weight: XXX lbs
Options Remaining: X
Rule 5 Eligible: YYYY
MiLB Free Agency: YYYY

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2016 Preseason:

Role: #2/#3 Starter
Risk: High – Mark Appel is currently in AAA but lacks the command, changeup, and pitchability to be an impactful major league starter.  His pre-draft ceiling is still intact, but he will need to make major adjustments to hit that upside.
Summary:  It is difficult to really know what Mark Appel is right now, and even more difficult to know what he will be in a new organization.  In back to back years, Appel was considered by some to be better than Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa, and then he was taken over Kris Bryant in the next year.  In reality though, none of that matters, because for the Phillies, he is merely the second best prospect they got for Ken Giles.  That does not make Appel any less of an enigma.  Appel has a fairly standard arsenal (fastball-slider-changeup) and a clean delivery, and he can throw strikes.  The fastball at its best is 92-96 touching 97-98, his slider show at least plus, and his changeup shows above average to plus.  It is the raw stuff of a #2 starter, yet he has been hit around at every stop in the minors.  There have been a lot of theories as to why Appel has struggled, especially when it comes to the mental aspects of the game, but there are plenty of on the field reasons to go around.  The biggest is his consistency; while he will show at least 3 plus pitches, he rarely will show 3 plus pitches in the same game.  Then there is the fastball, which has velocity but little movement.  With Houston, Appel threw a four seam fastball almost exclusively, and he got almost no natural movement on the pitch.  In college he threw a two seam fastball almost exclusively, which added some movement to his arsenal.  His delivery is clean and easy, but lacks any deception giving the hitter  great view of the ball out of his hand and making a straight fastball just that much more hittable.  Topping all of this off is his fastball command, where he leaves the ball up in the zone and struggles to get the ball down in the zone for weaker contact.  It is too early to know what issues the Phillies will look to fix and how they may try to fix them, which leaves Appel’s future outcome a mystery.  At the high end, Appel could be a very good #2 starter with 3 plus or better pitches, and at the low end, he could be a reliever that teams constantly are passing around looking to fix.  The most likely outcome is somewhere in the middle, as a usable starting pitcher who will flash dominance and ineffectiveness in consecutive starts.  We really don’t know what Appel will be, but he has as much upside as any player in the system outside of Crawford.
2016 Outlook:  While he ended the year in AAA, Appel is not really major league ready, so he will likely return to AAA.  Due to the trade he will get to pitch in the pitcher friendly International League instead of the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League.  The Phillies have no need to rush Appel, but they can create major league a opportunity if he can make adjustments in 2016.  A late 2016 call up is probably the likely outcome for his journey to the majors.


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