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Former 2013 first overall pick of the Major League Baseball amateur draft Mark Appel has announced he’s looking to make a comeback to the Majors.
Appel is reportedly planning on attempting a comeback with the Philadelphia Phillies. He had announced about three years ago that he was stepping away from baseball, but he didn’t rule out a return.
“If I ever get to come back and pick up a baseball again, I’ll do it when I’m excited and I’m ready to help a team win some games — and do it when I want to do it and don’t feel the burden and pressure of other people’s expectations,” Appel told MLB.com in 2018.
The former first overall pick of the Houston Astros is planning on reporting to the Phillies’ minor league spring camp to continue working on his stuff and hopefully make the roster.
Though he has been drafted by three Major League teams, he has never made a roster, making him one of just nine drafted players in MLB history never to make it to the big leagues.
Appel wants to change all that, and it sounds like he knows how much work and time he will have to put in to make that happen.
At just 29 years old, he still has time, but the clock to make it to the Majors is ticking.