Astros prospect Mark Appel

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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.
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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)
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)
Houston's 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)
Houston's 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's 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)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel, left, and others, line up to have their picture taken on photo day at their spring training baseball facility, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel, left, and others, line up to have their picture taken on photo day at their spring training baseball facility, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel, left, and others, line up to have their picture taken on photo day at their spring training baseball facility, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel prepares to field a ball during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel prepares to field a ball during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel prepares to field a ball during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel #60 (L) clowns around with first overall draft pick Mark Appel after Appel signed with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel #60 (L) clowns around with first overall draft pick Mark Appel after Appel signed with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Newly-signed Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel smiles as he answers a question during a news conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Houston, to announce his signing. Appel was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in baseball's first-year player draft. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Newly-signed Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel smiles as he answers a question during a news conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Houston, to announce his signing. Appel was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in baseball's first-year player draft. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Newly-signed Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel smiles as he answers a question during a news conference Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Houston, to announce his signing. Appel was selected with the No. 1 overall pick in baseball's first-year player draft. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: (L-R) Agent Scott Boras, Mark Appel, general managerJeff Luhnow and director of amateur scouting Mike Elias pose for the media after the Houston Astros signed first overall draft pick Appel to the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: (L-R) Agent Scott Boras, Mark Appel, general managerJeff Luhnow and director of amateur scouting Mike Elias pose for the media after the Houston Astros signed first overall draft pick Appel to the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel puts on a jersey after signing with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel puts on a jersey after signing with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel speaks to the media after signing with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Milwaukee Brewers v Houston Astros
HOUSTON, TX - JUNE 19: Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel speaks to the media after signing with the team prior to the start of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on June 19, 2013 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 20, 2013 photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel poses in the dugout of the Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this May 20, 2013 photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel poses in the dugout of the Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this May 20, 2013 photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel poses in the dugout of the Sunken Diamond in Stanford, Calif. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throws in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Mark Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throws in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Mark Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
FILE - In this June 8, 2012 file photo, Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throws in the third inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1 including a pair of pitchers in Stanford's Mark Appel and Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray and a pair of third basemen in North Carolina's Colin Moran and San Diego's Kris Bryant. (AP Photo/Phil Sears, File)
FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo shows Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throwing during an NCAA college baseball game at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft, Monday night June 4, 2012 in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo shows Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throwing during an NCAA college baseball game at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft, Monday night June 4, 2012 in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - This May 11, 2012 file photo shows Stanford pitcher Mark Appel throwing during an NCAA college baseball game at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. The Houston Astros have the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft, Monday night June 4, 2012 in Secaucus, N.J. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

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