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“Twenty-four-year-old starters who have had success in the major leagues don’t grow on trees,” Epstein said. “He has a really good track record through the minors. He had a little bit of a down year last year, but we think all the ingredients are there.”
While Wood will be part of the Cubs rotation next season and Sappelt will be given a chance to make the outfield, Torreyes is further away.
Sappelt was the Reds’ 2010 minor league hitter of the year and the Double-A Southern League’s MVP while hitting .342 with 11 triples and 25 stolen bases for three farm clubs. He hit .361 in Class AA. He also played in 38 games with the Reds, hitting .243.
Torreyes batted .364 with 17 triples and 37 stolen bases the past two seasons in the Reds’ low minors and Epstein labeled him “a really interesting second-base candidate” because of his hitting.
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