Phillies: Predicting Top 10 Prospects’ Call-up Dates

Mar 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford (77) sits in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford (77) sits in the dugout against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct. 14, 2014; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel plays for the Salt River Rafters during an Arizona Fall League game against the Surprise Saguaros at Salt River Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Mark Appel: September 1, 2017

Barring any injuries, Mark Appel will arrive in Philadelphia next fall. The former first overall pick of the Houston Astros came over in the Velasquez trade, and had a lot of hype behind him. Injuries have shut him down this season, so more time in Lehigh Valley is needed.

While a mid-season promotion could also be in the cards for Appel, the Phillies will most likely keep him in the minors for the majority of the season. Trades and injuries at the major league level could change that, but I believe Appel spends nearly all of 2017 in Lehigh Valley as their ace.

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