Appel’s Promotion, Bullpen Session Draw Teammate’s Ire

Jun 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros first overall draft pick Mark Appel waves to fans during the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros’ promoted 2013 first overall pick Mark Appel to Double-A Saturday night, a surprising move given his struggles with High-A Lancaster (9.74 ERA), but an inevitable one considering his potential and top prospect status. In fact, in the wake of the call up, GM Jeff Lunhow informed Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that, “All along the plan has been to get him to Corpus Christi and have him pitch there this summer.”

But after Appel was also given a bullpen session in the Astros’ Minute Maid Park, a low grumble began brewing in Houston.

Via the Houston Chronicle’s Jesus de Jesus Ortiz’s Twitter Feed