Appel Arrives in Big Year for No. 1 Draft Pick

Mark Appel is proof that even for a No. 1 draft pick,

the street to the main leagues is from time to time a bumpy one.

Mark Appel is proof that even for a No. 1 draft pick,

the road to the primary leagues is from time to time a bumpy one.

Appel turned into known as up by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday,

nine years after he was drafted first standard by way of Houston.

In between, he bounced across the minors,

was traded in the 2015 deal that despatched Ken Giles to the Astros —

or even cease baseball for a piece.

He resurfaced remaining yr and eventually joined the Phillies this weekend,

despite the fact that he did not pitch.

If the 30-12 months-antique Appel does seem in a game for Philadelphia,

he will be the fourth No. 1 basic selection to make his most important league debut this year,

joining 2017's Royce Lewis (Twins), 2019's Adley Rutschman (Orioles) and 2020's Spencer Torkelson (Tigers).

Only another time have four top selections made their debuts in three hundred and sixty five days.

That changed into in 1989, while Andy Benes, Ken Griffey Jr. And Jeff King —

the No. 1 pick out in each of the preceding 3 years — all began their huge league careers.

The different top select to make his debut in 1989 become Ben McDonald,

 who had actually been drafted that equal 12 months by Baltimore.