Comments on: Report: Houston Astros Sign Mark Appel Under Slot Value http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:12:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: iChuck33 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29396 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 02:27:51 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29396 Exactly. Thank you, you saved me a lot of typing!

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By: smurph http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29327 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:19:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29327 Hamburg, the Astros are actually doing a pretty good job of loading up on young talent, similar to what Washington and Tampa have done. Maybe not quite to that extent. Do not be surprised if the Astros are a .500 team in 2-3 years when Appel enters the majors.

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By: Jeremy J Stein http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29287 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:07:55 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29287 Although, now that I think about it. There is nothing that states a 1st round draft pick has to sign, so maybe the Pirates should share some of the infamy that some (a lot of?) Pirates fans associate with Appel, since the Pirates did take a calculated risk.
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Overall, I think you’re right Derek, Pirates fans should move on.

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By: Jeremy J Stein http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29286 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:52:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29286 I’ll only root against Appel if Dahl has a better career than Meadows.
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Of course on the flip side I’ll thank and root for Appel if Meadows has a better career than Dahl.

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By: Jeremy J Stein http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29285 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 13:48:08 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29285 I wonder if that is the reel reason some (a lot?) Pirates fans will root against Appel; the fact that he gambled and got what he wanted. It remains to be seen if his gamble will set a precedent for other top talents to follow if they wanted.
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I personally dislike that Boras was involved, cause really, he won.

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By: derekbellstutu http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29279 Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:25:34 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29279 I think it’s time for Pirates fans to move on from Mark Appel. Wishing the worse for Appel is like wishing the Bucs had selected Machado over Taillon. It’s a moot point. The Pirates have a very strong farm system even without Appel & Machado.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29278 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:32:12 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29278 This is just another typical Boras situation. It’s never really about the client but about him. The Astros ended up great in all of this…they got Appel for around the same price and also Correa who is incredible. The Pirates ended up great also getting Meadows so everyone wins. This doesn’t make the situation right but Appel gambled and sorta won…I would say he broke even and lost a few months development…oh well. Either way, Appel, you are dead to me! It may be petty but Bucs fans should root against him until the day he retires.

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By: HamburgBucco http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29275 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:35:13 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29275 I will enjoy seeing Appel suffer at Houston. Even if he wins every start for them they are still bad enough to remain near the bottom of the league standings for years to come. Let’s see how much he is going to enjoy the first few years of his career with the Astros.
At Stanford he was used to winning a lot, the Astros are a lot less glamourous in that respect.

I’m actually more excited now about seeing what Meadows and McGuire can do for us three or four years from now, provided they sign with us.
One big plus for us is obviously that Meadows and McGuire as OF/1B and catcher could play more or less every game whereas Appel as a staring pitcher could only show his skills every fifth game.

For sure it’s going to be an interesting game when Appel pitches his first game against us.

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By: John Dreker http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29273 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:27:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29273 He turned down a $6mil draft day deal from the Astros last year, that’s the only reason the Pirates were able to take him. He gained nothing when you figure in taxes, agent fees, lost salary and the fact he would be in the majors right now for the Astros. Turning down the Pirates worked for him and the Pirates obviously now that we see what kind of person he is, turning down the Astros last year did absolutely nothing for him, probably lost him money when you figure he could have invested some of it a year ago

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By: kidic56 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/06/report-houston-astros-sign-mark-appel-under-slot-value.html#comment-29272 Sat, 15 Jun 2013 18:21:06 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=57472#comment-29272 When they say it isn’t about the money, you know it’s all about the money.

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