Mark Appel / photo by SportsPix
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Mark Appel, Y-D RHP
One of the most impressive pitching performances of this year’s playoffs has earned Mark Appel (Stanford) the final Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week award of the 2011 Cape Cod Baseball League season. Appel started Game 1 of Y-D’s opening round series versus Orleans and completely shut down the Firebird offense, to the tune of eight shutout innings and 10 strikeouts.
Appel pitched only two regular-season games for Y-D this year after joining the team late in the season following a stint with Team USA.
Appel promises to be a name that fans may be hearing again in the future. The 6’6 junior is projected to be selected as high as third overall by some experts in this year’s Major League Baseball draft. Appel was named a second team preseason All-American before this past year at Stanford, and posted a 3.02 earned run average against some of the best competition in the country.