MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Pitchers at Every Minor League Level

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MLB Prospects Update: Hottest, Coldest Pitchers at Every Minor League Level
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After signing a $6.35 million bonus with the Astros on June 19, Mark Appel, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 draft, was assigned to the Short Season New York-Penn League, where he posted a 3.60 ERA over two starts before a promotion to Low-A Quad Cities.

In his full-season debut on Sunday, Appel allowed two hits over four scoreless innings while recording three strikeouts and one walk. Overall, the right-hander owns a 2.00 ERA with 9/1 K/BB through the first nine innings of his promising career. 

The Quad Cities roster is currently loaded with many of the organization’s top draft picks from the last three seasons. They have RHP Vincent Velasquez (second round, 2010), 3B Rio Ruiz (fourth round, 2012) and RHP Lance McCullers (supplemental first round, 2012), as well as a pair of No. 1 picks in SS Carlos Correa (2012) and Appel (2013).

Go out and see this team while you can, because many of the aforementioned players are poised for a promotion during the second half of the season.

Here’s a look at the rest of the hottest and coldest pitchers at every minor league level this season—excluding the players who participated in the Futures Game.

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