Astros' Players Upset Over Team Babying Mark Appel
Mark Appel, the first overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Saturday despite posting a 9.74 ERA and 1.92 WHIP in 44 1/3 innings at High-A Lancaster.
He was invited to Minute Maid Park in Houston on Sunday morning to throw a bullpen session in front of Astros coaches and executives, but none of this stuff is not sitting well with some of the players on the Astros current major league roster. Heres reporter Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle:
In a sport that prides itself on having guys pay dues, the Astros didn't help perception in clubhouse that Appel is being babied.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Let's just put it this way, folks, the fact that Appel was brought here has upset more than a few players.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
"It's (expletive) unbelievable," an Astros player just said out of the blue about Mark Appel being allowed throw a bullpen.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Another player just approached me to complain about Appel's promotion and bullpen session. Multiple expletives were dropped. Not good.— Jose de Jesus Ortiz (@OrtizKicks) July 27, 2014
Though its pretty common for top prospects to be moved aggressively through the minors and to have workouts in front of members of the major league coaching staff, Appel has not performed well to this point to say the least.
However, the anger inside the clubhouse is a little odd, even if they believe the team is babying last years No. 1 pick.
I will handle those conversations internally, Astros manager Bo Porter told Ortiz on Sunday afternoon. Any time something affects your clubhouse, I think as the manager you have to handle it.