April 4, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #16 Matt LaPorta

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #16 | Matt LaPorta | Indians

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| January 8, 1985 (Port Charlotte, Florida)

| University of Florida

| 6'2''

| 210 lbs.

2008 Ranking | 48

The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Matt LaPorta in the 1st round of the 2007 draft. After a great college career with the Florida Gators, the Brewers used the 7th overall pick on a player with extreme amounts of power despite not being a great defender. After 1 1/2 years with the Brewers, LaPorta was the headlined player returning to the Cleveland Indians in the C.C. Sabathia trade last summer. With the Indians, LaPorta only played 17 games before heading off to Beijing to play for Team U.S.A. in the Olypmics. LaPorta had a great Spring Training but will start the season in Triple-A. The Indians only have one established outfielder with two others that have a lot to prove, so if either struggle (or in the result of an injury), LaPorta will make it to the Majors early. He reminds me of Ryan Braun of the Brewers, power wise, which by all accounts should give the Indians something to look forward to with LaPorta.

2008 Statistics
Level     G    PA    AVG   OBP   SLG   XBH   HR   BB
AA (MIL) 84   366   .288  .402  .576    45   20   45
AA (CLE) 17 67 .233 .299 .350 3 2 4

2009 Outlook

LaPorta won't start the season with the Cleveland Indians but he will most likely finish it with the Cleveland Indians. In the meantime, he will start the year in Triple-A with the Columbus Clippers.


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