Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

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Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement:

What am I referring to? The decision to increase the percentage of players who are classified as “Super Two’s” in baseball’s arbitration system … were almost always safe in past years waiting until late-May or early-June before promoting top prospects. Now, though, that cut-off date will be pushed ahead, perhaps several weeks. Which means GMs are probably going to have to wait until early-to-late June if they want to ensure their top prospects don’t qualify as Super Twos.

I suppose everyone will live Harper makes the bigs in June instead of May. Somehow.

 

Former number one pick Mark Appel DFA’d by the Phillies

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Life comes at you fast.

The Phillies have designated pitcher Mark Appel for assignment. Appel was the number one overall pick, taken by the Houston Astros, in the 2013 draft before being dealt to the Phillies in 2015. He was selected one slot ahead of Kris Bryant and 31 slots above Aaron Judge, by the way.

Appel, who is somehow already 26, posted a 5.27 ERA and 60/53 K/BB ratio over 82 Triple-A innings in 2017. He’s had a history of bone spurs and other ailments that have hindered his development.

It could still come together for Appel in a new location — the Phillies have seven days to trade or waive him — but at this point you can’t consider him a prospect.