Results tagged ‘ Matt LaPorta ’

Scouting the Top 50: 14-10

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14. Matt LaPorta, OF, Indians
laporta_matt.jpgSeen: May (Southern League) and August (Team USA)

Middle of the lineup type, run-producing bat. Plus bat speed, plus lift for power. Big swing, can drive ball to all fields. Kills mistakes. Great fastball hitter, trouble with sliders away, but adjustments will come in future. Good corner bat in bigs. Decent in outfield, comfortable, catches what speed lets him get to. Chance to become reliable outfielder. Power bat will carry game.

13. Brett Anderson, LHP, A’s
brett_anderson.jpgSeen: August (Team USA)

Fastball:  88-92 mph
Curveball: 72-73 mph
Slider: 80-83 mph
Changeup: 79-83 mph

Lefty with feel for four pitches. Very composed on mound. Good competitor, even without best stuff. Tail and sink on fastball in and out, gets in on hands of hitters. Slider is out pitch, can back foot for right-handed hitters. Sink on changeup with deception. Curve has good bite and location when locked in, though that was lacking in this particular outing. Good middle of the rotation type in future.

12. Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pirates
andrew_mccutchen.jpgSeen: July (International League)

Excellent bat speed. Surprising ability to generate power. Uses speed to his advantage. Knows how to steal a base and is a good bunter. Will chase pitches, inconsistent with balance and plate discipline. Good range in outfield, reads balls well. Projects as quality every-day outfielder at Major-League level.

11. Mike Moustakas, 3B, Royals
mike_moustakas.jpgSeen: April (Midwest League)

Big bat with a big future. Was playing shortstop at time — which didn’t work — now moved to third. Plus arm to handle infield or outfield corner. Bat will carry at any position. Quick bat speed, plate coverage, power. Plus producer, a middle of the order type when it all clicks. Struggled to adjust at this time, but made adjustments later in season.

10. Colby Rasmus, OF, Cardinals
colby_rasmus.jpgSeen: July (Pacific Coast League)

Just off of disabled list at this time, so rust was apparent. Carries himself like a player. Quiet approach, easy actions. Uses whole field at plate. Knows how to bunt. Good instincts on basepaths, can steal a base. Good jumps and routes in center field. Has ability to become solid Major League outfielder.
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Fermer LaPorta

That’s right, it looks like we can just about offically “close the door” on the C.C. Sabathia trade. The biggest part of the trade, as you know by now is Matt LaPorta, whom the Brewers took in the first round of the 2007 draft, No. 7 overall. Young fastballer Robert Bryson and Triple-A lefty Zach Jackson are also part of the deal, with a player-to-be-named to be, well, named later on. Many feel it could be Taylor Green, who’s currently in Brevard County.

LaPorta, who should be able to stay in the outfield according to a scout I spoke with today, has put up tremendous power and run production numbers the moment he entered pro ball. Over his first 114 games, LaPorta has homered 32 times in 417 at-bats. He’s driven in 97 runs in that span, slugging .609 and posting a 1.002 OPS.

I was curious how his numbers compared to others in the same time span. So my good friends in MLBAM’s stats department (thank you, Cory Schwartz) ran them for me. Starting from July 30, 2007 — the date of LaPorta’s pro debut — and going through yesterday’s action, here’s where LaPorta stacks up in a number of offensive categories:<p>

Home Runs

Chris Davis, 35
Matt LaPorta, 32
Greg Halman, 32
Mike Hessman, 31
Dallas McPherson, 31

RBIs

Jesus Guzman, 107
John Lindsay, 103
Chris Davis, 98
Matt LaPorta, 97
Darin Holcomb, 94

Total Bases

Mat Gamel, 281
Jesus Guzman, 273
Chris Davis, 266
John Lindsay, 255
Matt LaPorta, 254

Using a minimum of 300 plate appearances, LaPorta also is eighth in SLG (.609) and 15th in OPS (1.009). So much for the tough transition to the pro game. While at first it seemed like he might be headed up to Triple-A Buffalo, he’s going to at least start his Indians career in Double-A Akron. He’s slated to be a part of the U.S. Team at the Futures Game on Sunday in Yankee Stadium and that shouldn’t change. What could is him going to Beijing for the Olympics. If the Indians want to keep him around for a possible callup, they may decide they want him stateside rather than in China for a couple of weeks.

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