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Dave Sappelt RF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
9 274 .251 .301 .343 79 0.2
Birth Date1-2-1987
Height5' 9"
Weight195 lbs
Age33 years, 1 months, 26 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 CIN 24 38 118 26 8 0 0 7 17 0 1 1 .243 .289 .318 78 -2.8 0.5 1.6 0.2
2012 CHN 25 26 78 19 6 0 2 7 9 1 0 0 .275 .351 .449 89 -1.0 0.3 2.5 0.3
2013 CHN 26 31 78 18 3 0 0 3 14 0 3 1 .240 .269 .280 72 -2.3 -1.6 -1.6 -0.4
Career952746317021740142.251.301.34379-6.1-0.82.60.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2008 BIL Rk PIO 62 279 .271 .348 .429 .338 95 13.4 9.2 0.8 125 0 -3.5 1.4 7.6 1.5
2009 DYT A MDW 74 331 .255 .328 .373 .307 109 3.7 9.3 0.1 105 0 10.1 1.0 2.3 2.4
2009 SAR A+ FSL 62 271 .247 .321 .356 .315 96 7.8 7.7 0.7 122 0 10.0 0.4 5.6 2.5
2010 LYN A+ CRL 19 77 .259 .327 .399 .357 104 -0.3 2.2 0.2 108 0 1.0 -0.4 0.7 0.4
2010 CAR AA SOU 89 372 .264 .339 .390 .394 101 35.1 10.7 0.6 166 0 8.2 -3.7 27.6 4.4
2010 LOU AAA INT 25 115 .266 .324 .427 .362 103 -0.1 4.1 0.4 100 0 0.2 -1.9 0.2 0.3
2011 CIN MLB NL 38 118 .253 .318 .397 .289 103 -3.8 3.2 -0.6 78 14 1.6 0.5 -2.8 0.2
2011 LOU AAA INT 74 336 .254 .322 .398 .339 92 11.4 10.4 0.1 149 0 -3.5 -2.7 17.2 2.1
2011 ORI Wnt VWL 23 92 .000 .000 .000 .268 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 CHN MLB NL 26 78 .251 .316 .399 .293 104 1 2.1 -0.7 89 14 2.5 0.3 -1.0 0.3
2012 IOW AAA PCL 133 550 .280 .343 .431 .296 94 -8.1 16.3 -4.2 78 0 10.1 1.3 -12.5 1.1
2012 MAR Wnt VWL 30 128 .000 .000 .000 .354 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 31 78 .248 .311 .387 .295 105 -4.6 2.1 -0.2 72 10 -1.6 -1.6 -2.3 -0.4
2013 IOW AAA PCL 90 355 .259 .330 .389 .268 93 1.7 10.2 -2.2 87 0 5.6 0.0 -8.1 0.6
2015 PME AA EAS 8 32 .251 .303 .351 .200 95 0.6 0.9 0 96 0 0.3 -1.2 -0.7 -0.1
2015 CAM AAA MEX 54 252 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 CAM AAA MEX 70 293 .000 .000 .000 .256 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 MTR AAA MEX 39 184 .000 .000 .000 .439 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 AGU AAA MEX 80 380 .000 .000 .000 .305 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 TAB AAA MEX 14 59 .000 .000 .000 .283 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2008 BIL Rk PIO 279 254 47 76 19 5 7 126 35 21 45 6 3 .299 .353 .496 .197 2 2
2009 SAR A+ FSL 271 251 27 74 10 3 4 102 21 13 29 21 11 .295 .330 .406 .112 4 4
2009 DYT A MDW 331 301 44 81 14 7 3 118 25 23 46 26 11 .269 .323 .392 .123 2 2
2010 LOU AAA INT 115 108 12 35 8 3 1 52 8 6 13 4 1 .324 .365 .481 .157 0 0
2010 CAR AA SOU 372 330 53 119 19 8 9 181 62 31 46 15 13 .361 .416 .548 .188 4 4
2010 LYN A+ CRL 77 71 7 20 5 0 0 25 4 5 15 6 4 .282 .338 .352 .070 0 0
2011 CIN MLB NL 118 107 14 26 8 0 0 34 5 7 17 1 1 .243 .289 .318 .075 0 4
2011 LOU AAA INT 336 297 40 93 16 3 7 136 29 30 39 4 4 .313 .377 .458 .145 3 4
2011 ORI Wnt VWL 92 84 12 20 3 0 1 26 6 6 12 1 2 .238 .304 .310 .071 0 0
2012 CHN MLB NL 78 69 8 19 6 0 2 31 8 7 9 0 0 .275 .351 .449 .174 0 1
2012 IOW AAA PCL 550 500 50 133 26 4 7 188 54 36 73 15 6 .266 .314 .376 .110 6 6
2012 MAR Wnt VWL 128 116 23 39 5 1 5 61 15 8 17 5 2 .336 .378 .526 .190 2 1
2013 CHN MLB NL 78 75 6 18 3 0 0 21 4 3 14 3 1 .240 .269 .280 .040 0 0
2013 IOW AAA PCL 355 321 39 81 15 3 5 117 45 27 38 4 7 .252 .305 .364 .112 6 1
2015 CAM AAA MEX 252 227 45 76 16 1 10 124 35 22 28 5 3 .335 .398 .546 .211 0 1
2015 PME AA EAS 32 29 5 6 1 0 2 13 2 3 7 0 0 .207 .281 .448 .241 0 0
2016 CAM AAA MEX 293 265 35 65 10 0 10 105 34 26 42 6 2 .245 .311 .396 .151 2 0
2016 MTR AAA MEX 184 175 32 65 15 1 4 94 27 8 33 2 2 .371 .397 .537 .166 1 0
2017 AGU AAA MEX 380 330 60 95 20 1 12 153 40 43 48 4 2 .288 .375 .464 .176 2 1
2017 TAB AAA MEX 59 56 6 14 2 1 1 21 3 3 9 1 1 .250 .288 .375 .125 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 414 0.5386 0.4396 0.8736 0.5247 0.3403 0.9145 0.8000 0.1264 -0.0006
2012 322 0.5248 0.4099 0.8788 0.5621 0.2418 0.9263 0.7568 0.1212 0.0040
2013 279 0.5054 0.3907 0.8532 0.4752 0.3043 0.9552 0.6905 0.1468 0.0035
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-30 2014-04-03 Minors 4 0 - Not Disclosed Released - -
2013-03-24 2013-03-25 Camp 1 0 - Neck Contusion - -
2011-05-01 2011-06-10 Minors 40 38 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PHI $
2013 CHN $492,000
2012 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$492,000
1 yrTotal$492,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 145 d1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Philadelphia 12/17/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.492M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/13. DFA by Chicago Cubs 9/3/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/5/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/5/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Cincinnati 8/7/11. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Cincinnati 12/23/11.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2008 (9-269) (Coastal Carolina). $75,000 signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Compact outfielder Dave Sappelt slumped badly at the plate but plays a solid center field, runs well and can touch up the occasional lefty; in the disco era he would have found steady work on a National League bench, but today he’ll likely spend his prime years as a Triple-A insurance policy.
2013 The Cubs picked up Sappelt as a spare piece when they dealt Sean Marshall to the Reds for Travis Wood, but he's a useful one in a limited role. His bat is credible enough to make him a fourth outfielder, given that he can play a decent center field. With the crowded outfield situation in Chicago, though, he may have to bide his time waiting for a chance even to do that.
2012 There's an easy temptation to pigeonhole Sappelt as a fourth outfielder. He's not the picture image of a center fielder: He's built more like a fire hydrant but motors around like a speedster. He has some power and some range and he helps some on offense, without having any one signature skill beyond out-of-fashion contact hitting. He's become a more patient hitter, and the glove will play. He shrugged off a month missed to a strained oblique to bounce back and earn an August promotion from the Reds. With Tony Campana, the Cubs are well-stocked with capable outfield reserves, or even a productive stopgap platoon solution for center field if Marlon Byrd is traded before Brett Jackson is deemed ready. Such a platoon could redefine the term “short-center fielder” from its meaning to most Chicagoans, where 16-inch softball is ever-popular.
2011 Dave Sappelt is an odd prospect, short and stocky, but with the range to play center field. Although he's built like Hack Wilson, in 2010 Sappelt benefited from realizing that he lacks Hack Wilson's power. Casey Stengel once said not to try to hit, "just tra-la-la." Sappelt tra-la-la'd his way to Southern League MVP honors by going with pitches instead of trying to hit them to the moon. Despite the strong season, the little guy does have some defects, including a popgun arm and a stolen-base record that is quite poor for a player with his 60-rated speed. Sappelt might get a chance to start on some teams, but with the Reds he will be hard-pressed to push Drew Stubbs and will begin major-league life as a fourth outfielder.
2010 A ninth-round pick out of Coastal Carolina University in 2008, center fielder Dave Sappelt hit for a bit of average in his full-season debut, but his power and patience were lacking and he was caught far too often on the bases.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)In an NL-only deep Ultra dynasty league, I was recently offered Cliff Lee for Michael Wacha, Luis Valbuena, Daniel Hudson, Jameson Taillon and Chris Heisey. I thought I was being asked tp give up too much, and asked for more in return. Lee's owner then turned around and traded Lee for Randall Delgado, Dave Sappelt, Tyler Cloyd, Francisco Peguero and Khris Davis. This deal struck me as either ludicrous or retaliatory: He gave up up top starter (Lee has had four excellent starts since then) for three fifth outfielders and two fifth starters. Am I wrong to think these two offers are not on the same planet?
(gerrybraun from san diego)
Hi Gerry.

Without knowing the salaries/contracts of the players involved, I'd agree that the two offers don't compare. Taillon and Wacha are both potentially #2 starters for your future team and Hudson is a good bounce back candidate assuming health. Even if I'm being generous, I don't see how Delgado and Cloyd are going to be better than Taillon and Wacha, and the hitters really seem like bench guys who maybe start at some point if they get really, really lucky. My guess is that the deal was ludicrous rather than retaliatory, but you have every right to be annoyed at your league mate. (Mike Gianella)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dave Sappelt continues to rake in Louisville (.333/.388/.533). The Reds sent him back to AAA nominally to work on his baserunning. Though it clearly needs improvement, the bat is ready and he's a plus LF defensively. Does he have real trade value or is he simply too small to gain the confidence of potential trade partners?
(RMR from Chicago)
I think even if you dream on him, he's a second-division starter. (Kevin Goldstein)


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