Phillies has added relief right-handed Connor Brogdon to the disabled list for the new coronavirus and announced that he has promoted 30-year-old right-handed Mark Appel from the minor AAA-class Lee High Valley. Appel is a former promising stock that received the No. 1 overall nomination from the Astros in the 2013 draft. However, after he became a professional player, he couldn’t do what he wanted, and there was a time when he gave up his promotion to major league baseball and took off his uniform. He was one of the three who couldn’t play in the majors after being nominated for the first place in the overall draft, but at the age of 30, the day of major promotion came.
Appell has played for a total of five seasons with Astros and Phillies minors since joining the pros in 2013, but suffered from the pressure and repeated breakdowns of becoming a pro with a high contract fee, making it impossible to enjoy baseball. .. Meanwhile, he announced his retirement in February 2018 at the young age of 26. He disappeared from the ball world as the third person in history, after Stephen Chilcott (1966 Mets) and Brian Taylor (1991 Yankees), to be the “No. 1 overall draft nominee who couldn’t play in the majors.”
However, a few months later, he began to think about his return to active duty, and he was able to return to active duty with a Phillies minor last season. Although he was a minor with an ERA of 6 points, he took the first step towards becoming a major player. And this season, he completely turned to relief and pitched in 19 games in the AAA class, marking a good result with 5 wins, 0 losses, 5 saves and an ERA of 1.61. As a substitute for Brogdon who left the battlefield, a major promotion was finally realized.
Appel recalled that he had a $ 6.35 million contract when he entered the pro, saying, “If I couldn’t get that contract, I wouldn’t be here now. I didn’t get paid for three and a half years. Most people can’t do such a luxury to rehabilitate. ” “I’m really grateful to be here. I love baseball. I’m grateful to be here and I don’t take it for granted,” he said with deep emotion. rice field.
Appel finally reached the major stage after overcoming the pressure of nominating the first place in the draft and the failure of his right shoulder. Although he once chose to retire, his love for baseball never disappeared. It’s been nine years since he became a professional, but next month, Appel’s major life, which will be his 31st birthday, will finally begin.