As suggested by the 9.74 ERA he recorded over 44 innings in the California League this season — or even his most recent start in the Arizona Fall League, during which he conceded six runs over 4.0 innings — Houston right-hander Mark Appel’s professional career hasn’t been entirely free of difficulties. That he continues to exhibit promise, however, is still very much the case. And that he’s capable still of throwing a slider with what is known alternatively as “two plane break” and “furious pleasure” — that he’s capable of doing so is made evident by the footage above, of Appel throwing that same breaking pitch to Washington catcher prospect Spencer Kieboom in a different AFL game currently underway and available by way of MLB.com.
Carson Cistulli has published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.
80 grade name right there.
Mark Appel, what a great name.
Clearly someone needs to read Kiley McDaniel’s piece on the scouting scale explained again. Mark Appel is clearly only a 60 name with a 65 FV because he could change his middle name to “Banknotes.”
I think the joke was on Kieboom there.
There was no joke.
D’oh! I guess the joke is on me.