Sunday, August 7, 2022

Apple comes in big year for No. 1 draft pick

Mark Appel is proof that even for the No. 1 draft pick, the road to the major leagues is sometimes bumpy.

Apple was called by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, nine years after Houston was drawn first overall. In between, he sprung around the minors, was traded in a 2015 deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros — and even left baseball for a bit.

He reappeared last year and eventually joined the Phillies this weekend, although he did not pitch. If the 30-year-old appears in a game for Philadelphia, he will be the fourth No. 1 overall pick to make his major league debut this year, joining 2017’s Royce Lewis (twins), 2019’s Adley. Rutschmann (Orioles) and Spencer Torkelson (Tigers) of 2020.

The top four have debuted only once in a year. That was in 1989, when Andy Baines, Ken Griffey Jr. and Jeff King — the No. 1 pick in each of the previous three years — all began their big league careers. The other top pick to make its 1989 debut was Ben McDonald, who was actually drafted by Baltimore that same year.

With the draft coming out next month, here are some other notes about the history of the No. 1 overall selection, with some help from,

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– Although as of now, 1989 is the only year the four top picks have made their big league debuts, there were other seasons when three No. They were 2007 (Luke Hocheever, Justin Upton and Josh Hamilton) and 1987 (BJ Surhoff, Shawn Ebner and Tim Belcher).

– Although this was more common in the early days of the draft, McDonald is the last player to make his debut in the year he was first drafted. The longest wait is that of Matt Bush, who was taken in by San Diego in 2004 and eventually joined the majors for Texas in 2016. He is still with the Rangers.

– Appel is one of the very few No. 1 picks who haven’t played in the majors. Steve Chilcott, who was picked up by the New York Mets in 1966, and Brian Taylor, who was picked up by the New York Yankees in 1991, had injury problems. Brady Aiken, selected by Houston in 2014, is a more recent example. Last year’s top pick, Henry Davis, has reached Double-A in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.

trivia time

Appel was drafted (and not signed) by two other teams before the Astros selected him overall. Who were those franchisees?

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week line

Austin Hayes had to beat the weather to get hit for the bicycle. On Wednesday night, Hayes and the Orioles beat Washington 7-0 Short for six innings in a game. That was enough time – he hit one in the first, a homer in the third, a third in the fourth, and a double in the sixth.

return of the week

According to Baseball Savant, down 2-0 with two outs in the ninth and none, the Los Angeles Dodgers had a 1.1% chance of beating Atlanta on Sunday night., Then former Dodger Kenley Jensen allowed a pair of singles, placing the men first and third. After Chris Taylor finished second, a single from Trace Thompson forced both runners to play extra innings.

Each team scored once in the 10th before the Dodgers eventually won 5–3. in 11. Los Angeles won two out of three in Freddie Freeman’s return to Atlanta.

general knowledge answer

The Detroit Tigers knocked Appel out of high school in the 15th round in 2009. He was selected eighth overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012 before returning to Stanford and moving to No. 1 for his senior season.

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