Former Astros top pick Mark Appel gets cortisone shot

It is safe to say that everyone in the Houston Astros organization envisioned more out of Mark Appel this year.

The first overall pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft recently received a cortisone shot in his right wrist. Agent Scott Boras believes the wrist injury has played a large part in Appel’s struggles this season.

Appel has a eye popping 9.57 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP in 36 2/3 innings of work this season for HIgh-A Lancaster.

“You know, when you come in to pro baseball, the first thing you’re going to learn is about regulation of speeds, and that’s a learning dynamic,” Boras added in a interview with Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle. “The fact that he can throw hard, and that he’s a huge prospect and all that kind of thing, pitchability and bringing his assets to the game are two different things. And I think it’s going to be just a matter of time before he gets that innings and experience to gauge that adjustment.”

Thus far Appel has not lived up to the $6.35 million signing bonus he was given last year. How much that has to do with his wrist injury remains to be seen.

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