Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
I just personally see him progressing as more of a Dave Sappelt than a Jose Altuve. Altuve is certainly proving to be more of an exception than a standard. Sappelt was a similar type of hitter that was considered to have sufficient power and contact abilities to hit in the upper minors.
Yet this season, he has posted a .650 OPS in the PCL league with his BAPIP mostly normalized at .280. He's a similar guy IMO that just doesn't have the projection to improve at the same rate as the average minor league prospect.
Sappelt went back to his old swing that he was using in Dayton. Not the one he was using in AA/AAA before he was traded and was hitting well. Sappelt has enough power and contact to work with as a center fielder, when he is using the right swing. But right now he isn't and it is likely causing timing issues like it was in the past.
There is a night and day difference. He went back to the bat wiggle.
Sappelt on the left struggles to hit for power because his timing is off because of that silly bat wiggle that delays his hands from being in the right spot when he begins his swing. Sappelt on the right was able to have his hands in the correct spot when he begins his swing, thus allowing him to have better timing.