By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 19, 2012
Mark Appel is seen here in a look from the 2011 season. I’ll have two looks at him leading up to the 2012 draft, providing a nice opportunity to compare and contrast. When I watched him here in 2011, I was more concerned with projection than I really was with whatever the radar gun said that day or whatever the results were. Looking back on the video, here are my impressions.
Look at the size of that guy’s feet! That’s an indicator. Now look at the rest of the body. He’s clearly growing and filling out and that gave him projection and also contributes to some open moments in his delivery. I’m going to be picky here, but he’s not as economical or as compact as he could be in this look, but the equalizer is the arm speed and the arm strength, although I also notice that it’s not the loosest arm I’ve ever seen. Examples of loose arms: Giolito, Bauer, Taillon. Truth is you can sometimes find good velocity out of normal arm speed if the other parts work together well.
But he does have arm strength, which allowed him to throw hard in what was a successful outing. We don’t really see the long lines that define the great starting pitchers yet, but that’s partly because he’s pitching through growth cycles. That’s why his front isn’t as firm or as strong as it really needs to be in the coming years. In this look, you basically see a projectable young guy working hard to maintain consistent mechanics and to repeat his delivery. You can see the big full circle arm action work just fine. Do I like him? Of course. How much do I like him? Let me see him once or twice in the coming weeks and I’ll let you know.