From the Collection: Matt LaPorta, 1B, Cleveland Indians

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Matt LaPorta was a really well thought of prospect with the Brewers. He was drafted 7th overall in the 2007 Draft, and in 2008 was rated the #23 prospect in baseball. And his numbers really proved it: he could take a walk, hit with plus power and carried a good average. There was a lot to like.

Then he was traded to the Indians. The Brewers got CC Sabathia, the Indians got Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, Michael Brantley and LaPorta. At the time I was not thrilled with the trade, but I thought the Indians, on paper, got good value. Especially once Brantley was confirmed as the PTBNL.

I got this autograph in 2009, and was thrilled. He was not impossible to get in the mail, but it was not a sure thing either. I had seen a couple people get stuff back, and was hopeful that I was next. And there it was.

But things never really panned out for Matt in Cleveland. LaPorta could just not hit in the majors. He should flashes of what he could be, but was really never able to put it together. His excellent plate discpine did not carry over to the big leagues, and quality major league pitching ate him alive–especially dudes with quality sliders.

In his last season with the Indians in 2013–he has signed on with the O’s and a minor league FA–he was selected to the AAA All-Star team. Its pretty clear that he has nothing left to prove in the minors. He will be 28 this season, so I dont think he has too many chances left to make an impact. I am rooting for him, though.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
2007 22 MIL-min A,Rk 115 12 31 8 30 .304 .369 1.065
2008 23 MIL-CLE-min AA 362 22 74 49 75 .279 .386 .924
2009 24 CLE-min AAA 338 17 60 42 56 .299 .388 .917
2009 24 CLE AL 181 7 21 12 37 .254 .308 .750 99
2010 25 CLE-min AAA 69 5 16 12 10 .362 .457 1.094
2010 25 CLE AL 376 12 41 46 82 .221 .306 .668 87
2011 26 CLE-min AAA 9 1 3 0 1 .444 .444 1.222
2011 26 CLE AL 352 11 53 23 87 .247 .299 .711 98
2012 27 CLE-min AAA 375 19 62 44 81 .264 .350 .822
2012 27 CLE AL 58 1 5 1 17 .241 .267 .594 67
2013 28 CLE-min AAA,Rk 205 14 40 26 40 .249 .331 .848
4 Yrs 967 31 120 82 223 .238 .301 .694 92
162 Game Avg. 538 17 67 46 124 .238 .301 .694 92
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/8/2014.
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