By Sally Fahey
Mark Appel’s incredible journey from bonus draftee in 2013 to the Phils roster in 2022, and his MLB debut last week is beautifully detailed in this New York Times piece:
After three full seasons away from baseball, Appel started a comeback with the Phillies in 2021.
His first year back in the minors was rocky, and in a Twitter thread last September, he discussed his difficult road back, acknowledging that he had been called “the biggest bust in MLB history.”
He said that he had battled depression and that in 2014 “after a stretch of terrible games, I broke down and destroyed a locker room wall.”