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.
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