Originally Posted by mth123
Yeah. Sappelt had double digit HR with 11 triples and 34 doubles, so I find that coupled with his range very encouraging. But his BABIP was way high and I wonder about him being able to repeat. In '09 when the BABIP was more normal (but still a little high) the average was lower and the OPS in the low 700s. His lack of arm strength may hold him back. I'd like to see him do it again. If he's the 2009 guy, he's a limited role player and his defensive range will be minimalized a bit by a poor arm. Hopefully the arm is stronger as time goes on. IIRC he had an injury and may be improving in that area. If he can repeat his high average and sustain that BABIP (I'm not a believer that its always all luck) he could be a big time top of the order guy, but if he drops back, Perez and his LH bat would fit better as a role player than Sappelt. He had a great year but I'm still a skeptic.
Eh, of course his BABIP was high, the guy hit .342 on the year. With his other skills, he doesn't need to come close to that to be valuable. If his BABIP goes down to .315, which could happen due to his speed, he is still pushing an .800 OPS as a center fielder with outstanding range assuming his walks/strikeouts/power stay the same as they were.