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Chicago Cubs Receive Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from the Cinncinati Reds: Fan’s Take
The Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds have finalized their trade that included Sean Marshall and Travis Wood. The Cubs had been rumored for the past couple of days to be getting two prospects from the Reds. Those prospects have officially been identified as outfielder Dave Sappelt and second baseman Ronald Torreyes.
Dave Sappelt is an outfielder who will turn 25-years-old on January 2, 2012. He finished the 2011 MLB season on the Reds' roster. Sappelt had a .243 batting average with 14 runs, five RBI and one stolen base in 118 plate appearances during a two-month audition on the roster. He's also a solid defensive player.
Sappelt was a very successful minor-league player before his promotion. He advanced from the Lynchburg Hillcats of the A+ league to the Reds' MLB roster in fewer than two full seasons. Sappelt is an undersized player at 5'9" and 195 pounds. He hits for average and had high on-base percentages throughout his minor-league career. He was also a successful base thief before he reached AA.
Ronald Torreyes just turned 19-years-old in September of 2011. He'll probably need to add some size to his frame as he's 5'9" and 140 pounds. That doesn't mean he won't be a good player. He had a .356 batting average and .398 on-base percentage in 306 plate appearances with the Dayton Dragons of the A league in 2011.
Baseball Prospect Nation recognized Torreyes as the 12th-ranked prospect in the Reds' system before the trade. He's an instinctive and natural hitter. He's great at making contact and doesn't take many walks. He does lack power and could be a liability against power pitchers.
Sappelt will be added to an outfielder competition that consists of Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd, David DeJesus, Reed Johnson, Tony Campana and Brett Jackson. This leads me to believe one of three things: Jackson will start the season in Triple-A, Campana will be demoted or Byrd will be traded.
I'm hoping that Byrd is traded because I think he could net a couple decent prospects. The Cubs could always start Johnson or Sappelt even if Jackson wasn't ready for the 25-man roster until June.
I wouldn't have approved of a straight-up deal with Marshall and Wood. However, I'm satisfied with these prospects. They have limited upside in terms of power. With that said, Sappelt could make the 25-man roster out of spring training and Torreyes could be an eventual successor to Darwin Barney. I don't see Barney as anything more than a utility infielder for a pennant contender.
The Reds essentially acquired a one-year rental as Marshall becomes a free agent during the 2012-13 offseason. It'd be funny if the Cubs re-signed him.
Joshua Huffman grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula as a Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs enthusiast. He immediately gained an admiration for Cubs fans after watching numerous games on WGN during the mid-90s. His favorite Cubs moment was Kerry Wood's(notes) 1-hitter, 20K extravaganza that was only denied of a no-hitter by Kevin Orie's defensive blunder. As a Packers and Cubs fan, he suffered through Steve Bartman and "4th & 26" in a span of three months.
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