Tim Tebow, who is famous enough that his urge to participate in those old-dude fantasy camps has been transformed into an actual tryout for major league baseball teams, will hold his showcase for whichever scouts are morbidly curious enough to watch him perform on August 30 in Los Angeles, Jerry Crasnick reports.
In other news, NBC’s own Drew Silva has a preview of the showcase:
"How much you wanna bet I can hit a baseball over them mountains?"
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.