Aug. 6, 2011
CHICAGO - The Cincinnati Reds called up former Coastal Carolina All-American David Sappelt from Triple-A Louisville. The outfielder and 2008 ninth-round pick by the Reds replaces Chris Heisey, who was placed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.
Sappelt will join the Reds in Chicago Sunday and make his big-league debut when he gets into a game.
Sappelt was hitting .313 with a .387 on-base percentage at Louisville with seven home runs and 27 RBI this season. He's been hot lately, batting .415 over his last 10 games.
Sappelt was the Reds' minor league Hitter of the Year last year, batting .342 with 32 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs and 74 RBI while moving from Single-A Lynchburg to Double-A Carolina to Triple-A Louisville.
Sappelt turned heads during spring training. He hit .564 with five doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI in 20 games.
Sappelt becomes the sixth Chanticleer to make a big league roster along with Mickey Brantley (1986-89), Kirt Manwaring (1987-99), Tom Romano (1987), Keith Glauber (1998 and 2000) and Luis Lopez (2001 and 2004).