Originally Posted by edabbs44
Re:Sappelt, are we really saying these things because of 20 pre St. Patrick's Day PAs? Still trying to understand the fad. I get that everyone wants another horse in the LF race to root for, but we should be realistic.
To be fair, he did have a .902 OPS in 564 PAs across 3 minor league levels incuding and .847 OPS in 115 PAs at AAA. It wasn't all just batting average either. He had 53 EXB including double digits in 2B, 3B and HR. I do think he needs some more AAA PAs to knock the door down, but he does provide the exact skillset that this team is missing at the top of the order, he's a plus defender with an improving arm as the injury he suffered goes farther in the past and as a RH Bat, would make a good partner with Lewis in a job share at the lead-off spot. I really think the Reds are working with him on his baserunning and its one of the primary things working against him. 25 SB with 18 CS is a big negative. Not sure if he was picked-off or thrown out on the bases in other ways a lot last year, but that success rate screams "don't run." If there were obvious choices ahead of him, he'd have no chance, but IMO, LF is wide open with flawed candidates. Heisey and Sappelt both have every day potential and ideally, I'd like to see them both go to AAA and get some every day PT while Gomes and Lewis hold the spot down. But both Gomes and Lewis are poor defenders who are pretty flawed and limited offensively and if they struggle the Reds should be ready to make a change quickly.