Number one pick to number three no-Show doesn’t haunt oft-injured Mark Appel

Shoulder injuries eroded the baseball smile for former Astros number one draft pick Mark Appel.

Shoulder injuries eroded the baseball smile for former Astros number one draft pick Mark Appel.

The next time you think baseball is as simple a game as it looks, you might want to ponder Mark Appel. The former Houston pitching prospect who went number one in the 2013 draft, while the Astros performed the rebuild that culminated in last fall’s World Series conquest, is stepping away from the game.

If he stays there, as Bleacher Report notes in a striking story about the 26-year-old righthander, Appel will become the third number one pick never to see even an hour in the Show outside spring training, in hand with Steve Chilcott and Brien Taylor. And it’ll be for the same reason—injuries.