Mark Appel Makes MLB Debut Nine Years After Being No. 1 Pick

After nine long years, Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, finally made his major league debut.

It’s always worth noting when a No. 1 overall draft pick makes his major league debut. But when Mark Appel took the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, it wasn’t the usual story of a phenom starting a career with the expectation of years of greatness ahead.

Appel will turn 31 in two weeks. And for three seasons he was out of baseball entirely, his promising big league career seemingly over before it began.

A good high school player in Northern California, Appel developed rapidly at Stanford, becoming the

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