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Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Mark Appel smiles in the dugout before the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Saturday, June 25, 2022, in San Diego. Appel, the 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick, received his first major league call-up Saturday at the age of 30. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)

Mark Appel is proof that even for a No. 1 draft pick, the road to the major leagues is sometimes a bumpy one.

Appel was called up by the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, nine years after he was drafted first overall by Houston. In between, he bounced around the minors, was traded in the 2015 deal that sent Ken Giles to the Astros — and even quit baseball for a bit.

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