Mark Appel was on the hill today for the Stanford Cardinal as they opened their three game series in the Super Regionals at Florida State. Appel was selected eighth overall by the Pirates in the MLB Draft on Monday and it was his first game since the draft.
Appel cruised through the first three innings of the game giving up just one hit and one walk without allowing a run. But then the wheels fell off in the fourth inning as the Seminoles sent 12 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on four hits, three walks, a HBP, and a wild pitch. It wasn’t pretty.
After that, Appel’s day, and perhaps collegiate career, was done. His line:
4 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. 95 pitches, 55 strikes.
Unless Stanford wins the next two games, the next time we’ll see Appel pitch, will most likely be in the Pirates’ organization.
P.S. For those who are drawing any conclusions about Appel after tonight: It’s one start. Things like this happen. He obviously did not have his best stuff and it was easily his worst outing of the year. In no way does it change anything in negotiations or his value.