GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Being a non-roster player with only 25 games of Triple-A experience, Reds outfield prospect Dave Sappelt had some pretty long odds to make the big league team coming into camp. Yet, Sappelt has survived each cut thus far as camp winds down. Batting .531 (17-for-32) for the spring has a way of doing that. "I feel pretty good about what's going on around here and how I'm performing," Sappelt said on Monday. "I'm not even thinking of it as I have to keep it up. I'm going to keep consistent every day with every at-bat and every pitch. There is no more worrying with me. It's more just play my game, play what I've been learning and take it from there."
Sappelt, who has nine RBIs, leads the team in hits and his 28 total bases ties him for the lead with Chris Heisey. Reds manager Dusty Baker has maintained throughout camp that Sappelt needed to do more than just hit to make the team, so it's too early to make any assumptions. "Coming in not being on the roster, that makes it a long shot right there," Sappelt said. "You get in where you fit in. Whether I fit in up here or down there, I will give it everything I've got."