The Philadelphia Phillies took a chance in the Ken Giles deal with the Astros, when they got back 24-year old righty starting pitcher Mark Appel as part of the return. Appel was the Astros’ #8 prospect coming into 2016 according to Baseball America. He is starting to turn things around in AAA and he might still reach his full potential. A change of scenery might just be what the doctor ordered for Appel’s career. He has pitched in 4 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year and he is 3-0 with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He has now pitched in 58 games (57 starts) in his first four years in the minors and he is 19-11 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Appel could make his Major League debut later this year, if he keeps pitching well in AAA for the Phillies.