Originally Posted by dfs
I don't mind keeping Sappelt as an option, but frankly in left field last year Sappelt was part of the problem, not the solution. It won't hurt him to go back to Louisville and prove that he belongs here when he gets his next shot.
Sappelt had 107 at bats this year, in sporadic playing time. In AA/AAA the last two years he had hit a combined .336/.393/.502 with 67 walks and 98 strikeouts in 823 plate appearances. Not sure he has anything left to "prove" in the minors.
In the Majors, the sample size is small and he got off to a slow start, hitting just .195/.195/.220 with no walks and 8 strikeouts in his first 11 games, where he noted that he was pressing and getting away from what had gotten him there. From that point forward he hit .273/.342/.379 with 7 walks and 9 strikeouts (27 games) and aside from a bit of lowered power, most of that seems pretty much in line with what I would expect (improved power will add a little to the average, which I would expect).