Astros prospect Appel effective in Hooks debut

CORPUS CHRISTI - Houston Astros top prospect Mark Appel set aside a wild couple of days and made his Double-A debut for the Corpus Christi Hooks pitching five scoreless innings.

Appel, who was called up from Single-A Lancaster over the weekend, struck out four in the five innings while only giving up two runs in the outing against the San Antonio Missions.

The 2013 first overall pick was only 2-5 this season in Lancaster and caused a stir in the Astros clubhouse when the organization invited him to throw a bullpen session at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. Appel worked out in front of Astros pitching coach Brent Strom and then made the trip down to Corpus Christi.

In his debut, Appel tossed a 1-2-3 inning in the first and hit 97 mph on the speed gun. Appel also had four walks on the night and was in a bases loaded jam in the third inning but was able to escape without any damage.

The Hooks lost to the Missions, 6-0.


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