TEMPE, Ariz. -- Through the early portion of Spring Training, outfield prospect Dave Sappelt has been productive. Through three games, he is 4-for-7 with a home run and he was 3-for-3 in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. "He can hit," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He doesn't overswing. He's very under control and real short to the ball. His swing is similarly short to like Bill Madlock and he has power like Larvell "Sugarbear" Blanks. He looks like him and acts like him." On Sunday vs. the Indians, the 5-foot-9 Sappelt crushed an impressive-looking homer well over the left-field fence.
"He has surprising sock," Baker said. "He has to improve some at other areas of his game. He's coming rather quickly."