Former No. 1 Draft Pick Mark Appel Is Stepping Away From Baseball At 26

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    He was drafted number one overall by the Houston Astros in 2013.

    Now, he’s walking away from baseball after failing to throw a single pitch in the majors.

    For 26-year-old Mark Appel, this is his reality. In an in-depth interview with the Bleacher Report’s Joon Lee, Appel revealed he’s taking an “indefinite break” from baseball.

    “I’m 26, I have a Stanford degree, I have many interests beyond baseball, which I still love, but I have a lot of things I care about,” said Appel.

    If this is indeed the end of Appel’s baseball career, he’ll be just the third number one pick to fail to reach the majors, joining Steve Chilcott (1966, New York Mets) and Brien Taylor (1991, New York Yankees).

    In five Minor League seasons for seven different teams, Appel recorded a 5.06 ERA in 81 games (78 starts).

    Appel will now seek a different career, and he has no problem being labeled as perhaps the greatest baseball bust of all-time.

    “I don’t know what the future holds. I’m pursuing other things, but also trying to become a healthy human.

    “I had high expectations. I didn’t live up to those for a number of reasons. If you want to call me the biggest draft bust, you can call it that.”

    We at Home Run Daily wish Appel luck in whatever he chooses to pursue in life from here on out.


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