HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – There is now one fewer candidate for the fifth spot in the Astros’ starting rotation. That’s not in reference to former number-one pick Mark Appel. His move to the minors to […]
On Tuesday, the Astros announced their non-roster invites for Major League Spring Training, which begins next month. 17 players were extended the invitation by Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, including former number picks Carlos Correa […]
New Houston Astros Manager AJ Hinch joined Mad Radio and they talked about what appealed to him about the Astros, how the young players like Mark Appel are doing in winter ball, the importance of chemistry in the clubhouse, the strengths and weaknesses of the team and who will start in center field.
Alyson Footer, MLB.com, joined The Triple Threat to discuss the latest happenings with the Astros. She thought this uproar over Mark Appel throwing a bullpen was a bit over blown by the media. She said twitter got ahead of the story and helped to blow things out of proportion. Footer says the “jury is still out” when it comes to how the league views Bo Porter’s managerial style with the Astros because it’s too early to know. She said the general attitude towards the Astros on the national level is very skeptical about what they are doing, but are waiting to see what will happen. She said the Astros have kind of been on a bit of a downward spiral since the 2007 draft where they didn’t draft a single useful player for the team.
Houston (CBS Houston)-Despite struggles throughout the season the 2013 number one overall pick is getting a promotion. Mark Appel is headed to Class AA Corpus Christi after his latest start in the organization’s Lancaster affiliate. […]
Appel was a different pitcher then in previous starts
Hall of Famer Roger Clemens is going to head to Lancaster to check on Appel’s mental state
Jim Callis, MLB.com, joined MaD Radio to discuss the Brady Aiken situation. He said that he thinks that the Astros will still sign Aiken. Callis discussed what happens when a player fails their physical and how the team is at an advantage because they only have to pay forty percent of that players assigned value. He said that though Aiken can play right now, the Astros are more concerned about his future play. He also discussed Casey Close’s comments on the situation and hit briefly on Mark Appel.
Maybe Appel just isn’t as good as baseball thought he was.
Astros send a top prospect back to spring training