Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:17 PM
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 05:48 PM
So it should seem that the Twins should now take Mark Appel.
If he's still there at 32, I concur.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 07:53 AM
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:35 PM
Good insight here, thanks for sharing.
I have seen Appel pitch in person 6 times this year (live close to Stanford). There is no issue with his velocity...he routinely throws 94-95 and can hit 97 whenever he wants (but he does dial it down to 91 when he needs to throw a strike). The concerns (based on conversations with scouts at these games) are lack of movement of his fastball and the lack of a top-notch secondary pitch (his breaking pitch is hard to describe...sort of a hybrid curve/slider). That said, the last game he pitched for Stanford in the NCAA regional last weekend was pretty incredible as he was pretty much unhittable for the first 6 innings and cruised to a complete game 4-hitter with 11 K's.
The only pitcher I saw play at Sunken Diamond (Stanford's baseball stadium) this season who threw harder than Appel was Chargois of Rice. He hit 99 with many of his fastballs and was fun to watch.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:41 PM
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 04:09 PM
From what i read on MLBTradeRumors, Appel slid because he declined the $6 million contract that the Astros offered him. Also, the 3rd round pick for the Dodgers, Onelkis Garcia, clearly doesn't know much about the new draft rules if he is asking for a $7 MILLION SIGNING BONUS as the 133RD PICK! What the hell is up with that?
I'm so glad the Astros said no to Appel. Scott Boras has been destorying salaries for years and teams and standing up to him. He is only hurting his client at this point. I'd be shocked if the Pirates sign Appel at this point. Boras has warped that boy.
Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:54 PM