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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #50: June 25, 2022, 10:24:05 AM »
The Phillies have selected 2013 #1 overall pick (by Houston) Mark Appel, who is now almost 31 and has yet to pitch in the majors. MLBTR notes his long journey to the show:

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Appel had actually been selected twice before but wasn’t signed. The Tigers selected him out of high school in the 15th round back in 2009, though Appel wound up going to Stanford instead. By the time 2012 rolled around, Appel was seen as the top talent in the draft, but he came with signability concerns. The Pirates selected him eighth overall but Appel indeed returned to Stanford. Once drafted and signed by the Astros, Appel was instantly considered one of the top prospects in the game, with Baseball America ranking him #39 in 2014 and then #31 in 2015. However, Appel’s numbers seemed to slip as he reached the higher levels of the minors. In 2015, between Double-A and Triple-A, his ERA came in at a middling 4.37, along with a strikeout rate of just 19.1% and walk rate of 8.9%. On the heels of that season, the Astros traded Appel and four other prospects to the Phillies for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz.

The change of scenery didn’t seem to help much, as Appel dealt with injuries and underperformance in the Phillies’ organization. He was selected to the club’s 40-man roster prior to the 2017 season but was designated for assignment and outrighted at the end of that campaign. In February of 2018, Appel decided to step away from baseball, opening up about his decision in a candid interview. However, in March of last year, it was reported that Appel was attempting a comeback attempt, after missing three entire seasons.

In 2021, Appel split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 71 1/3 innings. He managed just a 6.06 ERA, though some rust would certainly be understandable after such a long layoff. He started 15 of his 23 appearances last year but has switched over to relief entirely in 2022, with much improved results. In 19 Triple-A appearances this season, he’s thrown 28 frames with a 1.61 ERA, along with a 21.8% strikeout rate, 7.3% walk rate and 47.3% ground ball rate. Based on that performance, he’s now getting the call he’s waited so long to receive.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #51: June 25, 2022, 11:18:27 AM »
The Phillies have selected 2013 #1 overall pick (by Houston) Mark Appel, who is now almost 31 and has yet to pitch in the majors. MLBTR notes his long journey to the show:

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Appel had actually been selected twice before but wasn’t signed. The Tigers selected him out of high school in the 15th round back in 2009, though Appel wound up going to Stanford instead. By the time 2012 rolled around, Appel was seen as the top talent in the draft, but he came with signability concerns. The Pirates selected him eighth overall but Appel indeed returned to Stanford. Once drafted and signed by the Astros, Appel was instantly considered one of the top prospects in the game, with Baseball America ranking him #39 in 2014 and then #31 in 2015. However, Appel’s numbers seemed to slip as he reached the higher levels of the minors. In 2015, between Double-A and Triple-A, his ERA came in at a middling 4.37, along with a strikeout rate of just 19.1% and walk rate of 8.9%. On the heels of that season, the Astros traded Appel and four other prospects to the Phillies for Ken Giles and Jonathan Arauz.

The change of scenery didn’t seem to help much, as Appel dealt with injuries and underperformance in the Phillies’ organization. He was selected to the club’s 40-man roster prior to the 2017 season but was designated for assignment and outrighted at the end of that campaign. In February of 2018, Appel decided to step away from baseball, opening up about his decision in a candid interview. However, in March of last year, it was reported that Appel was attempting a comeback attempt, after missing three entire seasons.

In 2021, Appel split his time between Double-A and Triple-A, throwing 71 1/3 innings. He managed just a 6.06 ERA, though some rust would certainly be understandable after such a long layoff. He started 15 of his 23 appearances last year but has switched over to relief entirely in 2022, with much improved results. In 19 Triple-A appearances this season, he’s thrown 28 frames with a 1.61 ERA, along with a 21.8% strikeout rate, 7.3% walk rate and 47.3% ground ball rate. Based on that performance, he’s now getting the call he’s waited so long to receive.

It's a good story.  Hope he finally makes it and sticks.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #52: June 25, 2022, 11:55:14 AM »


It's a good story.  Hope he finally makes it and sticks.

he's on the Phillies, hopefully he gives up 9 runs in the 1st :)

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« Reply #53: June 25, 2022, 11:58:27 AM »
he's on the Phillies, hopefully he gives up 9 runs in the 1st :)
Relief pitcher so that will be hard.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #54: June 25, 2022, 12:03:07 PM »
maybe they bullpen a game?

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« Reply #55: June 25, 2022, 12:03:57 PM »


It's a good story.  Hope he finally makes it and sticks.
I didn’t see any news on him in the off-season and assumed he had retired again. Good for him to persevere and thanks to covid for putting Brogdon on the injured list.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #56: June 25, 2022, 12:13:52 PM »
maybe they bullpen a game?
Hmmmm…..

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #57: June 25, 2022, 12:49:07 PM »
Fredrick gets his ring:

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it took me maybe about a year or two into his career not to hate him as a rival and just admire the heck out of his game, his approach to fans, and just him in general.  Took me much longer with Jeter and Mo.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #59: June 26, 2022, 12:22:54 AM »
Harper took a 97 mph fastball of his left thumb. Reports are it’s broken.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #60: June 26, 2022, 07:22:34 AM »
Harper took a 97 mph fastball of his left thumb. Reports are it’s broken.

That sucks. I love watching Harper hit.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #61: June 28, 2022, 12:01:42 PM »
Harper out for most of the year, Nationals surging, Jansen out with an irregular heartbeat, and the Mets pitching staff is still largely rehabbing.

Time for Rizzo to go shopping!

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #62: June 28, 2022, 03:58:30 PM »
Interesting stuff with Freddie...   https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34162315/sources-los-angeles-dodgers-freddie-freeman-fires-agents-led-offseason-contract-talks

Add that to comments Kershaw was making about feeling like Freeman is treating the Dodgers like a second fiddle, and he seems to be having some big regrets about leaving the Braves.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #63: June 28, 2022, 04:06:49 PM »
Interesting stuff with Freddie...   https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34162315/sources-los-angeles-dodgers-freddie-freeman-fires-agents-led-offseason-contract-talks

Add that to comments Kershaw was making about feeling like Freeman is treating the Dodgers like a second fiddle, and he seems to be having some big regrets about leaving the Braves.

seems pretty obvious he never wanted to leave.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #64: June 28, 2022, 04:08:51 PM »
seems pretty obvious he never wanted to leave.
Agreed.  It is somewhat surprising to see him acting so obviously glum about the decision in front of his new teammates.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #65: June 28, 2022, 04:12:07 PM »
Agreed.  It is somewhat surprising to see him acting so obviously glum about the decision in front of his new teammates.

Yeah, there aren't a lot of guys like him who didn't just want the biggest check. He's their version of Zimmerman. Imagine Zimmerman going elsewhere in 2014 after not being able to reach an extension with the Nats.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #66: June 29, 2022, 07:07:33 AM »
Ian Desmond comes to mind. 

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #67: June 29, 2022, 12:52:09 PM »
Ian Desmond comes to mind.

It was fortunate for the Nats Ian Desmond turned their 7 year 107 million dollar contract offer down. By all accounts Desmond was a great guy who didn't want to leave Washington. As it turns out his production fell off and we more than likely wouldn't of gotten Trea Turner.

One time I got to a game early and Desmond was taking ground balls. Often after he fielded the grounder he would throw the ball in the stands.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #68: June 29, 2022, 05:19:59 PM »
Ian Desmond comes to mind. 
Why?? Zim and Freeman were still great players, Ian was never a great player.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #69: June 29, 2022, 06:08:24 PM »
Doug gottlieb tweets that freeman’s agent never told him about Atlanta’s last offer because he knew freeman would have taken it. Sigh…

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #70: June 29, 2022, 11:38:31 PM »
Scoreless inning for Appel

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« Reply #71: July 01, 2022, 07:25:34 AM »
Why?? Zim and Freeman were still great players, Ian was never a great player.
Agreed, but Desmond didn't want to leave.  Instead, he felt obligated to take the higher offer for the sake of the union.

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« Reply #72: July 01, 2022, 10:51:22 AM »
Agreed, but Desmond didn't want to leave.  Instead, he felt obligated to take the higher offer for the sake of the union.

But that's not really what happened.  He declined the big offer, had a terrible walk year, and ended up with a 1 year contract from the Rangers.  There wasn't a big offer on the table when he actually got to FA.

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #73: July 01, 2022, 01:26:44 PM »
Happy Bobby Bonilla day!

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Re: 2022 NL East
« Reply #74: July 01, 2022, 01:29:55 PM »
Happy Bobby Bonilla day!

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