Philadelphia - Former Quaker Josh Appell moved one step closer to realizing a childhood dream on July 9 when the hard-throwing left-hander signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets organization.
“My goal was just to play somewhere professionally but to be associated with a team that I have followed my entire life is nothing short of a dream come true,” commented Appell, a native of Woodmere, N.Y. “My parents have had Mets season tickets since I can remember. If you would have asked me what I wanted to do when I was three-years old, I would have said I want to pitch for the Mets.’.”
Appell was assigned to the Mets’ rookie ball club with the Gulf Coast Mets. It will be a time for Appell to train and work into games in order to make the next step, which would be playing for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the organization’s short season Single A’ club.
“This [playing professional baseball] is something that I may be doing for the next couple of weeks, couple of months, couple of years or the next 20 years of my life, and when it is over I am fine with that. But all I know is I am here now and I am going to enjoy every minute of it,” Appell reflected.
Appell led the Penn Quakers baseball team in strikeouts during his final two seasons in the Red and Blue. He moved from the bullpen to a starting role entering his junior season and did not look back. This past season Appell fanned 46 batters and sat down a career-high 13 would-be hitters in a complete-game victory against Columbia on March 25, 2005.
The Hewlett graduate also excelled on the football field as the Quakers’ punter. Appell was unanimously selected first-team All-Ivy League for his efforts in 2004 and was a member of two Ancient Eight championship football teams.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications