In this modern age of technology, baseball encyclopedias online and Google, it's hard to shock the sports world. That's what makes it all the more delightful when players like Dave Sappelt come along.
Last spring, Sappelt, a journeyman farmhand with the Reds, tore through every pitcher he faced and became the feel good story of the preseason.
He didn't end up cracking the Opening Day roster, but he put on one hell of a show. He was rewarded for his efforts too, with a late-season call-up to Cincinnati.
There are very few Dave Sappelts, but there are many potential candidates, which brings us together today.
Here's a quick rundown of which players have Sappelt-like potential to surprise in spring camp, and a few who with strong showings could force their way on to the big-league roster.