Former No. 1 overall Mark Appel finally made his Major League Baseball debut after nine years on Wednesday for the Phillies following a slew of physical and mental hurdles.
Appel, who turns 31 on July 15th becoming the oldest No. 1 overall pick to make their MLB debut, joined Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Friday.
Appel has now allowed just one hit in two innings across two games now, was able to hit 97 miles per hour on his fastball.
"There's still some juice in this arm a little bit," Appel told Cataldi. "We made some changes this Spring Training, kind of cleaned up the mechanics, tried to change some mental cues to see if I can unlock a little bit more velo. And once that happened it was like, oh man. I look at the report after the game one time in Lehigh, I'm like, 'Wow I hit 96, 97, I hit 98. I'm like gosh, this is crazy. Because all last year maybe the fastest pitch I threw was maybe 95."