From the Wire … Cubs Call-Up Ryan Sweeney, Option Dave Sappelt to Iowa

According to reports from Iowa and the Daily Herald’s Bruce Miles, the Cubs have called up Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa. Dave Sappelt posted on his Twitter account that he has been sent down to Iowa.

The Cubs have not announced either roster move or the corresponding roster to open a spot on the 40-man roster to add Ryan Sweeney. The Cubs 40-man roster currently stands at 40 players.

Ryan Sweeney’s comments to Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register confirm he is on his way to Chicago.

The first indication that Ryan Sweeney was on his way up to the Cubs came on Sunday afternoon. Sweeney was pinch run for in the sixth inning of the second game of a doubleheader.

In 22 games for Iowa, Sweeney has hit .346/.398/.642 with a 1.040 OPS that includes two doubles, two triples, six home runs. The 28-year old left handed hitting outfielder played in 63 games for Boston a year ago and posted a .260/.303/.373 line with 19 doubles and two triples.

Ryan Sweeney’s Page on Baseball-Reference

Dave Sappelt has struggled this season with the Cubs. In 19 games, Sappelt has hit .182/.234/.227/.461 and against lefties just .222/.243/.278/.521.

The addition of Ryan Sweeney would give the Cubs a very left handed lineup with Alfonso Soriano and Scott Hairston being the only right handed hitting outfielders.

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  • Ray Ray

    Next question would be…….How does Sveum get Sweeney any playing time? LH/LH platoon in CF with DeJesus? I would think they would rather see if Borbon can play and give him the majority of the playing time in LF when resting Soriano. Hopefully they can deal an outfielder sooner rather than later.

    • Tony_Hall

      They didn’t have much choice, as they needed to add him or lose him. And with being able to option Sappelt, is was a no brainer.

      I agree, I hope they can make a trade soon.

    • John_CC

      Curious for certain. But with Sappelt not doing anything and Sweeney raking in AAA what was the better move. One had to go and the other earned the call. Fact is the roster is messy and will remain in flux.

      • Ray Ray

        Not saying Sweeney didn’t deserve it but wondering how Sveum will get playing time for him since he bats left.

        • triple

          I imagine we’ll either see Sweeney in LF or at DH tomorrow, with Soriano in the other spot. As far as the Cardinals series, he’ll probably just come of the bench.

        • Jason Penrod

          At some point you have to just throw out the whole left/right thing and just play who’s hot. I’d rather be too left-handed than too right-handed anyway.

          • Brp921


    • Ripsnorter1

      Do you really think that Soriano is going to sit? The guy is hitting and he gets paid $19 million for the next two years. I wouldn’t think he’s going to sit, but then, this is Team Theo.

      • Theboardrider

        Prudent decisions with a focus on long-term success? That’s Team Theo.

    • 07GreyDigger

      I also think that a deal involving DeJesus is more likely than Soriano and a move like this for Borbon or Sweeney makes that even more likely.

  • Ripsnorter1

    I didn’t want them to carry Sappelt in the first place. He sure didn’t produce for us. Like I said at the time, Tony Campana is better. But Sappelt was a Team Theo acquistion.

    Ryan Sweeney is not the answer for anything at all. He cannot steal bases. He has only 1 SB in his last 527 AB. He also has 1–one!–lousy HR in that span as well.

    He does not hit for average. He does not walk all that much.

    So what’s the infatuation with Ryan Sweeney?


    If you want a singles hitter that hits .250 with no speed and no power, he’s your man.

    • RynoTiger

      and as well now, that puke Theo Epstein brought Sweeney to the Red Sox and thus we should hate him! oh he didn’t..Theo wasn’t in charge of the Red Sox in December 2011 when Sweeney was sent to the bad.

      Living in AZ, I get to see a lot of the Dbacks games and seeing Campana fly around the bases each game is exhilarating..ok I lie…I don’t watch his minor leagues from Reno to see if he’s managed to figure out how to hit to be more than a pinch runner extraordinaire.
      At least so far this year in comparing minor league stats, Sweeney is far out producing Campana and Sweeney is on his way to the big show..where as Campana is enjoying the variety of coffee shops in Reno.

    • Tony_Hall

      Normally you take shots of negativity and have some basis, but now you are blaming Theo for adding a guy who has never played in any organization he was with, but with one that he use to be with and the player was there after….talk about 1+1=3.

      And the Campana band wagon again, just like with Randy Wells, who has now retired before ever, not just in one season, but ever getting 15 more wins.

      Ryan Sweeney is not an All-Star but he is a CAREER 280 Hitter with an 338 OBP but as you say he is not as good as Tony Campana and his CAREER 262 AVG and 306 OBP, but it sure looks like the facts don’t support this one.

      • Dorasaga

        Are you sure, after all the numbers and reports and “eye tests” you just brought up, it’s “obvious” who’s better than whom? Let’s just roll the dice. I’m not saying that’s how pro-ball works, but seems to me that when two players both deserve promotion or more playing time, but both occupy the same position, there can’t be the “best” way to deal with both on the field.

        • Tony_Hall

          D – I was being sarcastic as Rip made it seem obvious that Campana was the better player, when in reality they are about the same, one better at one thing and one better another. But bottom line we have too many people that worry about the borderline roster players and make them seem so great and then turn around and pick apart the best players on the team as not good enough. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

          • Dorasaga

            So true.

      • paulcatanese

        Depends on how one looks at it. I would much rather watch Campana regardless
        of stats.
        And if one is looking at numbers of stolen bases, how many has Sappelt
        stolen in the Majors?
        Who cares about the stats here? Just talking about someone enjoyable to watch. Realize to many stats are the total end to a players career but I didn’t enjoy watching Aram, Zambrano either,
        and they had stats.

        • Tony_Hall

          It is not about watching a player it is about putting together a better team and organization. If you want to enjoy a player like Campana, take in a AAA game.

          • paulcatanese

            Actually pretty close to Reno, and may just do that.

          • paulcatanese

            Took a closer look at you’re reply Tony. Play nice now. And after all Campana has you’re first name also, so I know he speaks well of you:)
            But you are right and Reno and Sacramento are very close and will take a game or two in.

    • 07GreyDigger

      Seriously. Why do you watch the team if all you do is dump on them?

      Sappelt was not producing and they made a change. Now four LH OFs is going to be a trip to watch that’s for sure, but if you haven’t noticed this team can’t hit, so maybe Sweeney will make a difference. After all, no one thought Cody Ransom would start off as good as he has either.

      • paulcatanese

        Not fair to Rip, a Cub fan is a Cub fan,
        loyalty is loyalty, but not blind.
        How anyone can just whitewash the Cubs and say they are satisfied with all the moves is not reality.
        Right now the Cubs are pathetic period, but it does not mean one is not a fan.
        Freedom of opinion.

        • 07GreyDigger

          I know that. But I never see anything positive. That’s what I’m fighting for around here, a little positivity. Sure, they may win 65 games this year instead of 62, but hey! That’s improvement!

          • Theboardrider

            I have a theory. The Theo-haters stem from the decision to not hire Ryne Sandberg as manager. From the day that happened there was outrage from most all of us. In time the majority came to believe that Theo and his team, given their history and resources know best and gave the benefit of the doubt. However some still insist they know better and they’ve never gotten over that decision. Ever since that decision Theo has a group of haters. I remember this site the people that railed the hardest against that decision. Those people today are the one’s that bash every decision made by Theo. I’m sure they’ll argue there is more to it than that but I really believe if he’d have hired Ryne we wouldn’t have all of these bashers. My thought on it…get over it!

            Sorry, this post is hard to follow, but I’m at work and don’t have time to edit.

          • Brp921

            I did and still do think Sandberg was the best man for the job. He paid his dues and was successful at all levels of the Cubs system. He had the a good relationship with the young players and had earned their respect. Ryno is a Chicago icon and deserved the job. I believe it was ego that kept him from being hired. I think Theo wanted it to be the Theo show not the Ryno show. I will not ever forgive him for that. I posted at the time that even if Sveum wins a world series with the Cubs it doesn’t mean that Sandberg wouldn’t have. I was as unhappy with that situation as anyone and have at times been very critical of Theo but I have also given him credit when I felt he deserved it. Regardless, of our opinions we are all fans and want the same thing a championship.

          • paulcatanese

            I know, I know, and there are positives,(starting pitching not all bad). But looking for improvement based on won and loss records will not show it.
            Shierholtz,DeJesus,Valbuena, Ransom, all are improvments. But really hard to find them as a team, and that’s what I look at,as no one independently, win as a team and lose as a team, just hard to find that as a team.

          • 07GreyDigger

            Win loss was just one example, but really not every move Theo makes is terrible as you point out. I just dislike when people hate on someone for no particular reason. The moves they make are the moves they make and we can’t lament the losses of players forever. All we can do is hope that what the FO does do makes us closer to a WS victory and 31 games into the season, we can’t really gauge that yet.

          • paulcatanese

            I think you may have mis-understood what I was saying. I do not hate team Theo. For one I think he tried to do the right thing by bringing in E. Jackson, there really was no way Theo could figure that Jackson could get off to such a bad start.
            Its more of a combination of things that are not working for him. The outfielders that were brought in are not all bad, in fact
            Dejesus and Shierholtz have worked out for now.
            On the other hand Camp, Loe,
            and Borbon are still works that the jury is still out on.
            The many improvements that are still to be made are ones that Theo’s hands are tied,
            Ricketts recent cash problems.
            Theo has a plan, and it’s better than no plan at all, but the many problems that have to be overcome are many.
            The fact that many people are not happy about the way progression is or is not happening is just the nature of the beast.
            Fact is that the Cubs are not bringing in top class players for one reason or another is something that can’t be helped at this stage.
            One could say renovation costs, lack of support from the community(roof tops) and
            a set amount of money for new players (not the draft) and the plan to build the minor league system all takes time and money, and above all frustration for the fans and who else would the fans take their frustration out on but the leader of that plan to be implemented, Theo.
            Not fair, but that’s what happens when the buck stops where it has.
            J.H. felt the full fury of the fans before he left, and Ricketts as well for a while.
            Their is a number of reasons out there and one cannot pin them on one person and I haven’t and some have. That’s what will happen and no one is to blame.
            I for one would like to see the Cubs move to a new location, build a new park with retractable roof and start again from scratch, but that’s just me.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I 100% agree with you Paul. I was going after others that comment here going after the FO and everything they do because they are frustrated with the current direction of the team and can’t see past the fact it may not be the FO’s doing.

            I think what resonated most with me was the renovation and Theo’s hands being tied. I think Ricketts was fine with Theo’s rebuilding plan, because he knew he had to renovate the park and knew he wouldn’t have a lot of extra money for the team itself. I think Theo was a little duped in believing how much money would actually be available and may be a little frustrated at taking the heat for it.

            That being said, you pointed out some moves (Schierholtz, Valbuena, DeJesus that Theo has made that are paying dividends and considering the money he’s spent on them, you have to applaud those moves.

            I suppose the thing that gets me the most is the lack of understanding of this concept. Opinions are fine against moves made and merits of them. Even I’m changing my stance on Ian Stewart (imagine THAT!), but to hold up past moves under completely different circumstances are unfair. Especially considering that the team has demonstrated in the past that going out and dropping massive dollars on mediocre free agents hurts more than helps. (Soriano, Zambrano, Bradley)

            It would be nice to see more fresh perspectives such as yours Paul.

          • paulcatanese

            The biggest improvement they could make is take all of the pitchers off to the side or on the mound and let them know and practice throwing strikes to other places besides home plate.
            To first, second and third, those are mistakes that can be corrected.
            The way it is now just make the pitcher put his glove in play on defense and other teams have a shot.
            All the years that I played the one thing that was constant was getting the pitcher to make a play. He is used to home plate as his target, and any difference could be the difference in a tight game.
            This started out as humor, but the more I thought about it and watching these guys throw to other places bears that out.
            “Garza fielding a bunt”. comes to mind, and Camp trying to pick someone and balking.:)

        • Tony_Hall

          I don’t believe anyone agrees with all of the moves, but Rip and some others disagree with all of the moves.

    • Theboardrider

      Sweeney looks promising to me. He’s only 28. Let’s see what he can do.

  • Neil

    There is speculation that the Cubs will activate Fujikawa from the DL after just one rehab appearance. Kyuji Fujikawa stuck out 2 of 4 batters faced. Walked a batter, threw 21 pitches, 11 strikes, in the 6th inning of the first game on Sunday.

    The Cubs could create the roster space for Sweeney by sending out Kameron Loe.