1 / 14

Houston Astros' Mark Appel throws in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Houston

Houston Astros' Mark Appel throws in the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

Astros prospect Mark Appel

Yahoo Sports

In one of the stranger baseball stories we've heard this season, several Houston Astros players have anonymously expressed displeasure to the media over the fact that Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 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.
Mark Townsend