Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2016 Bowman Scouts' Top 100 #BTP-45 Mark Appel

Phillies 9, Braves 0
Spring Training Game 19 - Tuesday Afternoon, March 14th in Clearwater
Record - 9-8-2

One Sentence Summary:  Jared Eickhoff pitched a fantastic game and Brock Stassi (once again) led the offense in this 9-0 win over the Braves.

What It Means:  Eickhoff is apparently ready for the season to start.

What Happened:  Eickhoff threw five shutout innings, striking out five and allowing just three hits. Stassi hit his fifth home run of the spring.  Roman Quinn had two hits and scored twice while Tyler Goeddel added a two-run triple.

Tommy Joseph was hit by a pitch on his left hand in the first inning, and he's now day-to-day with a bad bruise.

Featured Card:  I'm saving up my Eickhoff cards to feature in regular season posts, so here's a card of pitching prospect Mark Appel.  This is his first official Phillies card from last season's Bowman release.

Camp Head Count:  54 - 3 = 51.  Appel was optioned to minor league camp prior to this game in what could be a temporary demotion.  Appel, the number one pick by the Astros in the June 2013 draft, has struggled at times in his professional career and I'm hoping this is the season he makes it to the Majors.  In four games this spring, Appel allowed five earned runs in nine innings pitched (5.00), striking out 10 and walking four.

Pitchers Ricardo Pinto and Nick Pivetta were also optioned to the minors.

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