After 9 years, Mark Appel is set to make Major League debut, Connor Brogdon heads to COVID IL
After nine years, former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel has been called up to the big leagues. He will join the Phillies on Saturday in San Diego as Connor Brogdon heads to the COVID-19 injured list, which I had no idea still existed.
Appel was taken first overall in the 2013 MLB Draft and was one of only three first-overall picks in baseball history to not make it to the show. He left baseball in 2018 after struggling to perform well with both the Astros and Phillies. He then returned to the Phillies last year and still struggled, going 3-6 with a 6.06 ERA in 23 appearances.
Mark Appel Dominant in Lehigh Valley
This year, Appel has been dominant in Triple A. He leaves Lehigh Valley with a 5-0 record and a 1.61 ERA in 19 appearances, striking out 24 and walking eight.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies are back for game three of four today against the San Diego Padres. Zach Eflin is on the mound going up against Blake Snell.
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