Re: Reds Top Prospects - August 2011 Edition
He's definitely not Lonnie Smith.
For one thing, Sappelt isn't that dumb, as far as baseball IQ. (I don't know of a baseball player that played with less intelligence than did Skates.) Too, Lonnie got caught stealing so, so much. Sappelt has just quit running. He's fast and takes the extra base on the basepaths, but he does. not. steal. bases. at. all.
As for power, it depends on which Lonnie Smith you're talking about. He was wildly inconsistent. I expect Sappelt to out slug him by 50, but he'll probably not walk as much . If Sappelt out OPSes him by 25 points, it wouldn't surprise me.
This year in Louisville, Sappelt is the epitome of conservative. He's taken that particular instruction to heart.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher