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Cubs acquire lefthander Wood, outfielder Sappelt and prospect from Cincinnati

 

CHICAGO The Chicago Cubs today acquired left-handed pitcher Travis Wood, outfielder Dave Sappelt and minor league infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Cincinnati Reds for left-handed pitcher Sean Marshall.

Wood, who turns 25 in February, is 11-10 with a 4.18 ERA (97 ER/208.2 IP) in 39 games (35 starts) in parts of two major league seasons with the Reds (2010-11).  The southpaw has held opponents to a .258 batting average against and .318 on-base percentage, walking only 66 batters in 208.2 innings pitched, an average of 2.8 walks per nine innings.  Wood has limited left-handed hitters to a .232 batting average and righthanders to a .264 mark.

Originally selected by Cincinnati in the second round of the 2005 Draft out of high school, Wood was named Cincinnati’s 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year and the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher after combining to go 13-5 with a 1.77 ERA (33 ER/167.2 IP) in 27 starts between Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Louisville.  Wood’s 1.21 ERA (16 ER/119.0 IP) with Carolina was the lowest in Southern League history.  He earned his first promotion to Triple-A that summer, going 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA (17 ER/48.2 IP) in eight starts.  

Wood made his major league debut with the Reds in 2010 at the age of 23, going 5-4 with a 3.51 ERA (40 ER/102.2 IP) in 17 starts for the N.L. Central Division winners.  He ranked among the N.L.’s rookie leaders in opponents’ batting average (.222, second), ERA (fifth), starts (tied for seventh) and innings pitched (seventh).

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Wood split the 2011 campaign between the Reds and Louisville.  He went 6-6 with a 4.84 ERA (57 ER/106.0 IP) in 22 appearances (18 starts) in the majors and went 2-3 with a 5.33 ERA (31 ER/52.1 IP) in 10 starts at Triple-A.

Wood is a native of Little Rock, AR and a graduate of Bryant High School.  In seven minor league seasons, Wood is 42-34 with a 3.49 ERA (264 ER/681.2 IP) in 132 appearances, all but three as a starter.

Sappelt, who turns 25 in January, was Cincinnati’s 2010 Minor League Hitter of the Year and the Southern League’s Most Valuable player after combining to hit .342 (174-for-509) with 32 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs, 74 RBI, 72 runs scored and 25 stolen bases at three stops in the Reds minor league system.  His .361 batting average at Double-A in 2010 was a Carolina club record and led the Southern League.

The 5-foot-9, 193-pound Sappelt made his major league debut in 2011 and batted .243 (26-for-107) with eight doubles and 14 runs scored in 38 games following his August 7 call-up (he made his major league debut that day at Wrigley Field).  He batted .313 (93-for-297) with 16 doubles, three triples, seven homers and 29 RBI in 74 games in Triple-A to earn the big league promotion.

Sappelt was selected by the Reds in the ninth round of the 2008 Draft out of Coastal Carolina University.  He is a native of Buffalo, NY and resides in Graham, NC.  In four minor league campaigns, Sappelt has a career .309 batting average with 91 doubles, 29 triples, 31 home runs, 184 RBI and 82 stolen bases in 405 games.

Torreyes, 19, has batted .364 (228-for-627) with 38 doubles, 17 triples, eight home runs, 125 runs scored, 87 RBI and 37 stolen bases in 158 professional games in the Reds minor league system the last two years.  The right-handed batter and thrower has a career .419 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage, good for a .935 OPS.

The 2011 campaign marked Torreyes’ first full season in the United States and he hit .356 (99-for-278) with nine doubles, five triples, three home runs and 12 stolen bases in 67 games for Single-A Dayton, where he earned Baseball America Low Class A All-Star honors.  Torreyes struck out only 19 times in 306 plate appearances last year, an average of only one strikeout every 16.1 plate appearances.

Torreyes is a native of Libertado de Barinas, Venezuela.

Marshall, 29, departs the Cubs with a 32-40 record, seven saves and a 3.96 ERA in 292 appearances (59 starts) covering all or part of six seasons.  He went 6-6 with five saves and 2.26 ERA (19 ER/75.2 IP) in 78 relief appearances for the Cubs last season.

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