Scouting Snapshot: Matt LaPorta

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With all the excitement surrounding the big C.C. Sabathia trade last week, I received a lot of traffic and emails asking for more details about the key prospect in the deal, Matt LaPorta. Before the season began, LaPorta was ranked as my number one prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization (to answer your question I would now rank Mat Gamel as number one). Anytime an organization trades away their best prospect some attention will be paid. This is a fantastic deal for LaPorta as he will have a much better chance to find himself in the Majors at first base or the outfield in Cleveland where a disappointing Ryan Garko or group of random outfielders are the only thing holding him back as opposed to Prince Fielder, Corey Hart and Ryan Braun would be in Milwaukee. With all that being said, here’s a brief scouting report of mine on the young slugger:

MATT LAPORTA | OF/1B
Organization: Cleveland Indians
DOB: 01/08/1985 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 210 | Bats: R | Throws: R
Season & Career Statistics
Scouting Report
This former catcher is a big, strong power hitter who made a big name for himself in college. LaPorta has an easy loft to his swing and a strong, powerful frame which still has room to add some muscle. He has fantastic plate discipline and can flat out hit for power to all fields in any stadium. LaPorta doesn’t have much speed and many (including myself) expected him to struggle adjusting with his move to the outfield. He is a better fit at first base (thanks to good hands and solid instincts) and has been seeing a lot of time in that spot which is currently a hole in the Indians organization. The fact that he’s such a hard worker has helped a lot in his transition to new positions.

By Matthew Whipps
The Diamond Cutter
Major & Minor League Baseball Columnist
mlbdiamondcutter@gmail.com | thefranch15e

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