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    Re: Thoughts on David Sappelt

    Quote Originally Posted by kfm View Post
    I started this thread last year and it is very interesting to read through it. It is amazing how much can change in such a short period of time. Sappelt has seemingly gone from a guy who could be just a fringe major league player to a guy fans are clamoring for to come up and hit leadoff. Two things seem to be consistent from comments from last year. One, he is still hitting the cover off the ball and he is a lousy baserunner.
    Spot on. Seems to me I underestimated his willingness (and perhaps to some extent his ability) to improve. Usually when a guy is as undisciplined as he was they don't change much if at all. I went with the odds and I was wrong, good for Dave.

    In fact I must say he has turned me into a fan. Anyone who works as hard and as smart as he did to get where he is now deserves my admiration. What he done was toned down his aggression on pitches outside the zone to a degree that I previously would have thought was virtually impossible for 99% of players. And he didn't stop there, he also improved his swing/swing mechanics. If he takes the same approach with his baserunning/basestealing issues he should be ready to go real soon.
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    Re: Thoughts on David Sappelt

    it would wouldn't be fair to say Sappelt was ever a Juan Francisco/Chris Valaika type of free swinger but his bb rate has steadily improved to where if his results so far this year indicate anything, he is turning himself into a very tough out. His sb attempts are down this year also

    Right now he's at 406/.541/.947 after being the best hitter in spring training. Don't look in your rear view mirror Jonny Gomes or else it will be Dave Sappelt bobble head night.
    Last edited by Orenda; 06-27-2011 at 04:19 PM.

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    Re: Thoughts on David Sappelt

    I am really excited to see Sappelt get the call. Does anyone remember a guy who was not considered an elite prospect moving through the system to the majors this quickly?

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    Re: Thoughts on David Sappelt

    Quote Originally Posted by kfm View Post
    I am really excited to see Sappelt get the call. Does anyone remember a guy who was not considered an elite prospect moving through the system to the majors this quickly?
    Chris Heisey?

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    Re: Thoughts on David Sappelt

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    Chris Heisey?
    Forgot about Heisey. That is a good one.


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