|Houston Astros #1 Pick Mark Appel Debuts In Single A|
Perhaps someday Mark Appel will be the ace of the Houston Astro pitching staff and lead the franchise back to respectability. Appel, like the Astros has a long way to go.
Appel debuted Friday night for the Tri-City ValleyCats and no doubt nervous.
The first pitch he threw as a pro was lined by Lowell Spinners shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin to centerfield for a triple.
"Welcome to pro ball, I guess," Appel said when asked about that pitch. "He (Lin) put a good swing on it. "I guess I throw a first-pitch fastball every game I start. I left it up a little but he put a good swing on it."
Appel would give up two runs, one earned, on three hits in the first inning.
In the second inning with his nerves calmed down Appel threw a 1-2-3 inning.
Appel was limited to 30 pitches and he threw 26.
So how would the former Stanford Cardinal grade is debut performance?
"Maybe a B-minus or a B," Appel said "Not my best, not my worst. I know I have a lot to improve on. I think it's a good starting point. That's all I can ask for."
Welcome to the bushes.