Rays Acquire Mark Sappington | The Process Report

Rays Acquire Mark Sappington

The Rays have traded Cesar Ramos to the Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Mark Sappington.

Sappington, who turns 24 later this month, has a starter’s body and a reliever’s command and arsenal. Unsurprisingly, he was moved to the bullpen during the 2014 season. Sappington’s mid-90s fastballs is his only above-average offering, though his slider shows the potential to become more than a fringe offering. The same can’t be said for his command. Sappington’s delivery features an upright finish and a wrist wrap, among other ills, all of which hampers his ability to locate consistently. Barring dramatic improvement from his secondaries or command, he’s looking at a middle-relief ceiling. Because Sappington was drafted in 2012, he won’t require a spot on the 40-man roster until after next season.

Ramos had been the most productive member of the Jason Bartlett trade. He made 167 appearances for the Rays, compiling a 104 ERA+ and 1.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio mostly in a long relief role.

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