Frazier or Francisco? Who ya got?
by: Josh BethelStaff Writer
If we learned anything during the Spring Training of 2010, it was that success in spring doesn't always transfer to the regular season. Dave Sappelt, 2011 spring sensation and current Chicago Cub, tore it up in Goodyear before last year's regular season, putting up an amazing line of .564/.571/.974. He had all the obvious signs of a player finally coming into his own and in dramatic fasion. Many thought this might have sealed his shot at being the Reds fourth outfielder, sending Heisey down to AAA and possibly putting Johnny Gomes' starting spot in danger. As we now know, this wasn't meant to be. Sappelt was sent back down to Louisville and while he still hit an impressive .313 in the minors, he faltered after joined the big league club in September, going .243/.289/.318.
Such is the annual story of Spring Training. Veterans that seem to have lost all vision at the plate and struggle to stay above .200 still keep th...