Chicago Cubs: Getting to Know the Prospects in the Marshall/Wood Deal
The Cubs received two good prospects in the Sean Marshall/Travis Wood deal. Here is a closer look at what these two players can bring to the Cubs.
Sappelt is a very good contact hitter. In 2010, he was both the Reds' Minor League Hitter of the Year and the Southern League's Most Valuable Player. He batted .361 with an on-base percentage of .416 in the Southern League that year. That performance was not a fluke either; his 2011 numbers are also good: Sappelt hit .313 with an on-base percentage of .377.
Sappelt also brings speed and defense to the Cubs. According to Baseball America, in 2009, Sappelt was the Reds' best defensive outfield prospect. He also led all Reds minor-leaguers with 47 stolen bases in 2009.
Dave Sappelt makes a lot of sense considering the direction the Cubs are going in. He is young, fast, plays good defense and knows how to take pitches and get on base. In other words, he is precisely the type of player that the Cubs need.
Nicknamed the "Little Red Machine," infielder Ronald Torreyes has already shown huge potential. He is only in class low-A, but he has been dominating the competition. In 2010, Torreyes finished with a .370 batting average, a beautiful .434 on-base percentage and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .999. In those same categories, Torreyes finished .356/.398/.855 in 2011. In short, this kid can hit, and he is only 19 years old.
Overall, I like this deal for the Cubs. The Reds will be competitive next year, and Sean Marshall will really help them. But Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer received a nice haul here: not only do the Cubs get a back of the rotation starter under club control until 2016, but two prospects with tremendous potential.
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