Summer 2022

SS PODCAST: Former No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel on returning to baseball, where his true identity lies

THIS IS THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST
WITH JASON ROMANO, FEATURING MARK APPEL

Mark Appel was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. In 2015, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, but in 2018 at the age of 26, he stepped away from baseball.

After three years, he announced he was making a comeback to chase his MLB dream and return to pitch professionally. He appeared in 23 games with the Phillies’ Double- and Triple-A affiliates in 2021, striking out 60 batters in 71.1 innings pitched.

In college, Appel was a standout pitcher for Stanford, where he won National Pitcher of the Year in 2012, and in 2013 was named the Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Today on the podcast, we talk to Appel about chasing his MLB dream, returning to the pros after three years away, his viral social media post from September 2021, and whether he is going to continue his pitching career.

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