Getting to MLB is not easy at all and many of the greatest top prospects of each draft or international firms are lost among the minor leagues and never they can make it to the big leagues. However, Mark Appel is perhaps the most notorious and famous case of failed prospects, to the point of being remembered as the “worst top prospect” of all time, as he arrived with a large poster and big bonuses, coming to practically nothing.
However, Appel is looking to make his return to the Major Leagues, he announced through his Twitter account, with renewed vigor to finally make his MLB debut after several years in retirement.
In 2013, I was the first overall pick in the draft. 5 years later, I was listed as the worst top prospect in all of history. Today I announce that I am back and share some lessons that I learned in this time.
Appel is now 30 years old and was selected by the Houston Astros as the top overall pick in the 2013 draft for a bonus of just over $ 6 million. The pitcher was never able to adapt and spent years in the minors between losing streaks and injuries that kept him off the field, announcing his retirement at age 26 in 2018.