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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 29)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .242 10 28 33 0 .268 -0.1
Birth Date1-8-1985
Height6' 2"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 9 months, 17 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-2.52010
-0.72011
-0.32012
2013
-0.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 CLE 24 52 198 181 29 46 13 0 7 80 12 37 3 2 0 21 2 0 .254 .308 .442 .257 2.5 0.2 0.3
2010 CLE 25 110 425 376 41 83 15 1 12 136 46 82 1 2 0 41 0 0 .221 .306 .362 .232 -9.5 -14.0 -2.5
2011 CLE 26 107 385 352 34 87 23 1 11 145 23 87 5 5 0 53 1 0 .247 .299 .412 .264 -1.6 -5.3 -0.7
2012 CLE 27 22 60 58 2 14 2 0 1 19 1 17 1 0 0 5 0 0 .241 .267 .328 .208 -2.4 -0.3 -0.3
Career29110689671062305323138082223109012030.238.301.393.247-11.0-19.3-3.2

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 WVA A 23 102 .343 .259 .339 .409 .266 .321 106 11.2 3.7 -1.3 2.6 -0.8 13.4 1.6 13.4 1.6
2007 HEL Rk 7 28 .265 .266 .340 .382 .255 .294 104 0.2 0.9 -0.4 -0.3 0.1 1.8 0.1 1.8 0.1
2008 AKR AA 17 67 .280 .261 .335 .399 .254 .261 101 2.2 2.9 -0.8 3.1 -0.2 4.7 0.8 4.7 0.8
2008 HUN AA 84 366 .302 .269 .345 .406 .258 .306 109 16.5 10.5 -3.9 -2.2 0.1 25.0 2.3 25.0 2.3
2009 CLE MLB 52 198 .257 .266 .330 .423 .259 .281 103 -0.7 5.7 -2 0.2 0.3 2.5 0.3 2.5 0.3
2009 COH AAA 93 393 .285 .264 .333 .401 .249 .316 116 10.3 11.2 -5.3 -5.9 -1.4 12.9 0.7 12.9 0.7
2010 CLE MLB 110 425 .232 .259 .323 .405 .253 .250 107 -12.2 11.7 -7.2 -14.0 -2.7 -9.5 -2.5 -9.5 -2.5
2010 COH AAA 18 81 .337 .284 .348 .450 .275 .370 107 7.1 2.5 -1.1 -0.9 -1.0 7.8 0.7 7.8 0.7
2011 CLE MLB 107 385 .264 .256 .321 .399 .258 .293 102 1.7 10.4 -6.6 -5.3 -5.6 -1.6 -0.7 -1.6 -0.7
2011 COH AAA 2 9 .318 .274 .346 .418 .269 .429 120 0.6 0.3 -0.2 -0.1 0.0 0.8 0.1 0.8 0.1
2012 CLE MLB 22 60 .208 .248 .308 .395 .253 .325 102 -3.1 1.6 -1 -0.3 0.1 -2.4 -0.3 -2.4 -0.3
2012 COH AAA 101 434 .269 .250 .324 .381 .249 .285 110 4.2 12.9 -7 -1.3 -1.4 7.3 0.6 7.3 0.6
2013 COH AAA 44 185 .272 .255 .324 .383 .252 .230 102 2.3 5.3 -3.4 -2.7 -1.0 2.8 0.0 2.8 0.0
2013 CLE Rk 13 52 .371 .254 .321 .372 .264 .276 96 6.5 1.6 -1 0.3 0.1 6.8 0.7 6.8 0.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 HEL Rk 28 4 7 1 0 2 4 1 8 0 0 .259 .286 .519 .259 .265 1.8 -0.3 0.1
2007 WVA A 102 18 28 8 0 10 27 7 22 0 1 .318 .400 .750 .432 .343 13.4 2.6 1.6
2008 AKR AA 67 6 14 1 0 2 8 4 12 0 0 .233 .303 .350 .117 .280 4.7 3.1 0.8
2008 HUN AA 366 56 87 23 2 20 66 45 63 2 1 .288 .406 .576 .288 .302 25.0 -2.2 2.3
2009 CLE MLB 198 29 46 13 0 7 21 12 37 2 0 .254 .308 .442 .188 .257 2.5 0.2 0.3
2009 COH AAA 393 63 101 23 2 17 60 42 56 1 3 .299 .390 .530 .231 .285 12.9 -5.9 0.7
2010 COH AAA 81 7 25 4 0 5 16 12 10 0 1 .362 .457 .638 .275 .337 7.8 -0.9 0.7
2010 CLE MLB 425 41 83 15 1 12 41 46 82 0 0 .221 .306 .362 .141 .232 -9.5 -14.0 -2.5
2011 COH AAA 9 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 .444 .444 .778 .333 .318 0.8 -0.1 0.1
2011 CLE MLB 385 34 87 23 1 11 53 23 87 1 0 .247 .299 .412 .165 .264 -1.6 -5.3 -0.7
2012 COH AAA 434 56 99 19 1 19 62 44 81 0 3 .264 .350 .472 .208 .269 7.3 -1.3 0.6
2012 CLE MLB 60 2 14 2 0 1 5 1 17 0 0 .241 .267 .328 .086 .208 -2.4 -0.3 -0.3
2013 COH AAA 185 21 39 9 0 10 28 17 30 0 0 .238 .310 .476 .238 .272 2.8 -2.7 0.0
2013 CLE Rk 52 9 12 4 0 4 12 9 10 0 0 .293 .404 .683 .390 .371 6.8 0.3 0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 765 0.5163 0.4745 0.7961 0.6203 0.3189 0.8694 0.6441 0.2039
2010 1618 0.4839 0.4815 0.7548 0.6628 0.3114 0.8593 0.5462 0.2452
2011 1473 0.4874 0.5099 0.7253 0.7228 0.3060 0.8073 0.5411 0.2747
2012 207 0.5314 0.6087 0.6746 0.7727 0.4227 0.8000 0.4146 0.3254
Career40630.49370.4970.74780.68210.31650.83930.55610.2522

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-10-18 2012-10-18 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery 2012-10-18 -
2011-08-08 2011-08-09 DTD 1 0 Left Foot Contusion HBP - -
2011-06-18 2011-07-06 15-DL 18 16 Right Ankle Sprain High Ankle -
2010-09-01 2010-09-03 DTD 2 2 Left Hip Soreness -
2010-08-30 2010-08-31 DTD 1 1 Left Hip Strain -
2010-07-06 2010-07-09 DTD 3 3 Neck Stiffness -
2010-02-28 2010-03-10 Camp 10 0 Left Hip Recovery From Surgery Impingement and Bone Spurs 2009-10-13
2009-10-13 2009-10-13 Off 0 0 Left Surgery Turf Toe 2009-10-13
2009-10-13 2009-10-13 Off 0 0 Left Hip Surgery Impingement and Bone Spurs 2009-10-13
2009-10-04 2009-10-05 DTD 1 1 Left Sprain Big Toe -
2009-09-23 2009-09-25 DTD 2 2 Left Hip Inflammation -
2008-08-19 2008-08-20 Minors 1 0 Head Concussion HBP -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 CLE $
2011 CLE $431,400
2010 CLE $402,700
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$834,100
3 yrTotal$834,100

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 115 dScott Boras1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Baltimore as a free agent 2/6/14 (minor-league contract). Released by Baltimore 3/21/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Cleveland (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Cleveland 2/12. Sent outright to Triple-A by Cleveland 11/20/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4314M (2011). Re-signed by Cleveland 3/8/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4027M (2010). Re-signed 3/10/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by Cleveland 5/2/09. Optioned to Triple-A 5/26/09. Recalled 8/19/09.
  • Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Milwaukee 7/7/08 (Sabathia deal).
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2007 (1-7) (University of Florida). Signed 6/07, $2M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 67 126 26 1 22 73 50 99 1 1 .280 .358 .490 .306 24.4 1B -7, LF -1 1.8
80o 491 62 116 24 1 20 67 46 97 1 1 .266 .342 .466 .292 17.0 1B -7, LF -1 1.0
70o 475 58 108 22 1 19 63 43 96 1 1 .256 .330 .448 .282 12.0 1B -6, LF -1 0.5
60o 462 55 102 21 1 18 60 41 95 1 1 .247 .321 .433 .274 7.9 1B -6, LF -1 0.1
50o 450 52 97 20 1 17 56 38 93 1 1 .240 .311 .419 .266 4.3 1B -6, LF -1 -0.3
40o 438 49 92 19 1 16 54 36 92 1 1 .232 .302 .406 .258 0.9 1B -6, LF -1 -0.6
30o 425 46 86 18 1 15 51 34 91 0 1 .224 .292 .391 .250 -2.5 1B -6, LF -1 -1.0
20o 409 43 79 16 1 14 47 32 89 0 1 .214 .281 .374 .240 -6.3 1B -6, LF -1 -1.4
10o 388 38 71 15 1 12 42 28 86 0 0 .201 .265 .351 .226 -11.0 1B -5, LF -1 -1.8
Weighted Mean45653982011758399411.243.316.426.2705.91B -6, LF -1-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
4% 19% 11% 22% 70%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201530250314810093022560.219.296.390.2510.14.6-2.0-3.114.9-5.2-3.9
2016313744675150134533830.225.301.391.254-0.23.7-3.0-4.714.9-3.5-5.8
201732638791252612377611420.220.302.389.253-1.3-2.3-5.1-8.314.9-3.9-9.9
201833604721152312171531370.213.289.377.246-1.7-6.5-4.9-8.014.9-8.6-9.4
201934624731202212171531380.214.287.366.242-2.1-9.3-5.0-8.414.9-10.8-9.7
202035630721192411969531480.211.283.356.236-2.5-13.2-5.1-8.714.9-14.4-9.8
202136635721232312070501420.212.280.358.236-2.5-13.4-5.1-8.914.9-14.3-9.8
202237606701152111968491330.211.282.360.237-2.3-12.0-4.9-8.614.9-13.4-9.4
202338603681102011865491390.204.275.346.230-2.8-16.1-4.8-8.614.9-17.6-9.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
5.25.44.73.52.41.721.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 76)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 90 Travis Ishikawa 2013 .107
2 88 Chris Shelton 2009 .216
3 86 Matt Downs 2013 .000 DNP
4 86 Ryan Shealy 2009 .000 DNP
5 82 Gaby Sanchez 2013 .290
6 82 Jake Fox 2012 .000 DNP
7 81 Lance Niekro 2008 .000 DNP
8 80 Scott Thorman 2011 .000 DNP
9 80 Brandon Moss 2013 .328
10 80 Jeff Clement 2013 .000 DNP
11 79 George Kottaras 2012 .275
12 79 Jesus Guzman 2013 .240
13 79 Ryan Garko 2010 .094
14 78 Paul McAnulty 2010 .184
15 78 David Murphy 2011 .250
16 78 Seth Smith 2012 .281
17 78 Juan Miranda 2012 .000 DNP
18 78 Alejandro De Aza 2013 .266
19 77 Jack Hannahan 2009 .229
20 77 Jeremy Hermida 2013 .000 DNP
21 77 Dan Johnson 2009 .000 DNP
22 77 Fred Lewis 2010 .254
23 77 Ty Wigginton 2007 .269
24 77 Chris Carter 2012 .000 DNP
25 76 John Rodriguez 2007 .000 DNP
26 76 Mike Fontenot 2009 .244
27 76 Steve Pearce 2012 .258
28 76 J.R. House 2009 .000 DNP
29 76 Ben Francisco 2011 .270
30 76 Adam Lind 2013 .301
31 76 John Mayberry 2013 .252
32 76 Chris Dickerson 2011 .262
33 76 Jorge Piedra 2008 .000 DNP
34 75 Ryan Church 2008 .277
35 75 Michael Morse 2011 .322
36 75 Jayson Nix 2012 .240
37 75 Adam Rosales 2012 .234
38 75 Tagg Bozied 2009 .000 DNP
39 75 Travis Buck 2013 .000 DNP
40 75 Gabe Gross 2009 .240
41 75 Delwyn Young 2011 .000 DNP
42 75 Josh Whitesell 2011 .000 DNP
43 75 Ryan Spilborghs 2009 .242
44 75 Matt Craig 2010 .000 DNP
45 75 Will Venable 2012 .278
46 75 Edwin Encarnacion 2012 .324
47 75 Shelley Duncan 2009 .117
48 75 John Baker 2010 .222
49 75 David Freese 2012 .290
50 75 Rocco Baldelli 2011 .000 DNP
51 75 Garrett Jones 2010 .259
52 75 Scott Moore 2013 .000 DNP
53 75 Chad Tracy 2009 .240
54 75 Josh Fields 2012 .000 DNP
55 74 Nolan Reimold 2013 .226
56 74 Brian Stavisky 2010 .000 DNP
57 74 Luke Montz 2013 .215
58 74 Brad Nelson 2012 .000 DNP
59 74 Joe Borchard 2008 .000 DNP
60 74 Kent Hrbek 1989 .308
61 74 Brian Bogusevic 2013 .277
62 74 Ryan Raburn 2010 .272
63 74 Joe Torre 1970 .322
64 74 Micah Hoffpauir 2009 .262
65 74 Roger Bernadina 2013 .196
66 74 Brian Buscher 2010 .000 DNP
67 74 Kevin Youkilis 2008 .318
68 74 Hector Gimenez 2012 .338
69 74 Hank Blalock 2010 .241
70 74 Landon Powell 2011 .178
71 73 Kila Ka'aihue 2013 .000 DNP
72 73 Matt Diaz 2007 .287
73 73 Jeff Bailey 2008 .270
74 73 Bob Horner 1987 .000 DNP
75 73 Jeff Larish 2012 .000 DNP
76 73 Luis Terrero 2009 .000 DNP
77 73 Xavier Nady 2008 .289
78 73 Luke Scott 2007 .277
79 73 Nate Schierholtz 2013 .274
80 73 Carlos Pena 2007 .339
81 73 Eric Munson 2007 .234
82 73 Rafael Palmeiro 1994 .309
83 73 Scott Hairston 2009 .272
84 72 Glenn Davis 1990 .312
85 72 Todd Helton 2003 .334
86 72 Jeff Baker 2010 .259
87 72 Ted Kluszewski 1954 .350
88 72 Todd Linden 2009 .000 DNP
89 72 Michael Aubrey 2011 .000 DNP
90 72 Wily Mo Pena 2011 .250
91 72 Jason Giambi 2000 .365
92 72 Daniel Nava 2012 .268
93 72 Juan Rivera 2008 .244
94 72 Nate Gold 2009 .000 DNP
95 72 Don Mincher 1967 .322
96 72 Keith Hernandez 1983 .303
97 72 Chip Ambres 2009 .000 DNP
98 72 Norm Siebern 1963 .286
99 72 Mario Lisson 2013 .000 DNP
100 72 Leon Durham 1987 .274

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 LaPorta was a highly touted prospect out of the University of Florida who ended up as the centerpiece for the aforementioned Sabathia trade. A power bat, LaPorta crushed the minors to the tune of a 941 OPS and 51 home runs in 956 plate appearances before his debut. That is a home-run pace of 35 per 650 plate appearances, and while you couldn’t expect all of that to translate immediately, a reasonable facsimile would’ve been sufficient. Instead, LaPorta has yet to hit his 35th big-league home run despite logging 1,068 plate appearances across parts of four seasons. There is a glimmer of hope left for the former seventh-overall pick, but that once sky-high ceiling has caved in on LaPorta and the Indians.
2012 Matt LaPorta's game is right out of a Joe Esposito song, the best arou... wait, that's not right; I thought we were talking about Albert Pujols for a second. While LaPorta once held that kind of potential, the centerpiece of the CC Sabathia deal has done nothing but disappoint in his time in the majors. While he has displayed average power, his plate discipline has been suspect, swinging at more out-of-zone pitches each year he's been at the show. While his .313/.400/.553 line across three Triple-A seasons is excellent, his inability to handle major league breaking pitches has been his downfall. PECOTA sees him winning the first base job out of spring training and making something of it.
2011 LaPorta has now played 162 games in the major leagues, while offering little evidence that he will live up to being the big prize in the CC Sabathia deal of 2008. Exactly why he's not producing is a mystery surrounded by an enigma wrapped in a 694 career OPS sandwich; time after time he goes down to Triple-A and bashes (he's hit .310/.400/.548 at Columbus), encouraging the team to think he's figured something out, only to head 150 miles north on I-71 and revert to his previous futile form. LaPorta's résumé and tools are not those of a Quad-A hitter, but he's starting to look like one, and while it's dumb to call a 26-year-old player done, good major-league players have established themselves by now. This is a make-or-break season for LaPorta, and the smart money is on the bad side of the ledger.
2010 Is LaPorta following in the great footsteps of Chase Utley, Mike Lowell, and Alex Rodriguez? Unfortunately, the answer's yes, at least in terms of his requiring hip surgery this winter; he also got the benefit of a simultaneous surgery on his big toe. The prognosis is that he will be out four to six months, which means there's a good chance he will start spring training late and possibly miss the start of the regular season. The main need for the surgery was that the hip hurt LaPorta most when he played first base, a position that he's slated to man in 2010. The good news is that two of the three aforementioned players weren't overly hindered by their recovery, particularly at bat, so LaPorta's main asset should still be intact.
2009 The pièce de résistance in the bounty Cleveland received from Milwaukee for Sabathia, LaPorta is the solution to Cleveland's long-standing problem in left field...or maybe its developing problem at DH, for LaPorta's range afield leaves a lot to be desired. People pay to watch LaPorta swing for the fences, however, and he brings a full toolbox to the plate; he was leading the Southern League in homers when the trade occurred. Things didn't go so well afterward, not that a mild concussion after getting nailed in the helmet by a Chinese heater in Beijing helped. (Seriously, are the Olympics good for anything?) Cleveland will start LaPorta off at its new Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, and a return to his first-half form could have him up to The Show by midsummer. Though unlikely, a Ryan Braun-level impact isn't completely out of the question.
2008 Considered the top power hitter entering the 2006 draft, LaPorta slipped to the 14th round after a strained oblique wrecked his junior season and chose to return to school rather than sign with Boston. A banner senior season catapulted him to a surprisingly high seventh-overall pick by the Brewers and a $2 million bonus. Blocked by Prince Fielder at first base, LaPorta has been shifted to left field, a position he's never played before. He's Ron Kittle-level bad out there, and will likely never be more than merely acceptable. Much closer to big-league ready is his bat, as he showed in his brief Sally League stint and in a dominating postseason in which he went 7-for-14 with 13 total bases. LaPorta will likely start the year at Double-A and stands a very good chance of being the first hitter from the 2007 draft to reach the majors.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on former prospect guys like Matt LaPorta? He's always been able to kill AAA pitching, but looks a little clueless against good off-speed and breaking pitches in the MLB. Does sending them down to AAA really ever help them?
(Jacob K. from Claremore, OK )
It does sometimes. Personally, with as bad as Kotchman has been, I think LaPorta deserves another crack. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-09-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)If Indians are able to sustain a much closer to a healthy roster next year are they another low-key contender in the Central? Do they need to sign a RH OF/1b?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
Ah, "The Weight." Heaven. Bliss... I think it's time to get off the Matt LaPorta bandwagon, don't you? Nearly 1000 PA later, we have .234/.300/.394. He's a career .211/.303/.326 against lefties, which is just wow. I still like Brantley a lot, but his inconsistency is a problem if he's going to be playing a corner. (Steven Goldman)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rest of the season, AL only: Derrek Lee or Matt LaPorta? Declining Vet or Yet-to-establish-himself Youngin'?
(Paul from Pennsylvania)
Close, but I'll take LaPorta in a tossup. I do kind of like Lee, though. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey John, what are your thoughts on Mitch Moreland and Matt LaPorta for 2011?
(SnakeDoctor18 from NY)
I don't think either guy is ever going to become big home run hitters. They'll hit about 15 homers each and drive in a fair share of runs. They aren't premier first baseman but they are not complete zeros, either. (John Perrotto)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc Wanted to know whether you had some opinions as to *why* some of these players haven't developed as some of us had hoped: * BJ Upton * Matt LaPorta * Justin Masterson * Scott Sizemore * Matt Wieters Thanks.
(Phoebus from Mobile)
Upton has just not been able to keep his BABIP and batting averages high enough, but he's had plenty of power when healthy and he's been great on the basepaths. He's also a fantastic defensive player. LaPorta is a curious case, as he was supposedly all better in terms of health and his swing mechanics, but hasn't been able to consistently produce. Masterson pitches in front of a horrible defense and can't get lefties out to save his life. He could deal with the LHB thing if the defense was better, but the combination of the two has just ruined him in 2010. Sizemore has just 143 plate appearances, so let's wait on calling him a disappointment. Wieters was over hyped and has actually performed well for his position and his age, but the power just isn't there yet consistently. (Marc Normandin)
2010-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc Do you think Matt Laporta will come around this year? How long will the Indians stick with him?
(rsambrook from Vancovuer)
2009 was a good start, but he's off to a rough 2010. I think the Indians will stick with him though, because if his bat starts working like it should, the payoff will be worth the struggles. (Marc Normandin)
2010-03-15 16:00:00 (link to chat)Russ Branyan:Jake Delhomme::Matt LaPorta:Brady Quinn? (Prolly not: LaPorta can play a second position, but damn.)
(buffum from Austin TX)
Who are these Jake Delhomme and Brady Quinn of whom you speak? (yes, I know who they are...) (Russell A. Carleton)
2009-10-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)I have money to spend, but give me 3 reasons why I should buy season tickets for the Indians next season?
(Cleveland Sports Fan from Cleveland)
1) The return of Grady Sizemore
2) The likelihood that the team couldn't possibly get off to a worse start than in three of the last four years.
3) The fact that they're unlikely to trade a Cy Young winner for a third straight year.

In all honesty, I think it's going to be a lean year, but I like what they did in hiring Manny Acta, and there are several young players, starting with Matt LaPorta, whose development is worth watching. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Andy Marte deserve a starting spot on the Indians next year? And what is the perception of Grady Sizemore? Still a top ten player to build around?
(Andy from Saskatoon)
He deserves consideration, anyway. The Indians' LF/1B/3B situation might need clarity, which I would provide with a long overdue trade of Jhonny Peralta. That still leaves Matt LaPorta, who ends up at first once Michael Brantley is deemed ready. Not sure Marte can fade all this competition. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-08-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can you concoct an explanation of why it makes sense to use a combination of an injured Trevor Crowe, a talent-limited Chris Gimenez, and adorable-but-miniscule Jamey Carroll in corner outfield slots while Matt LaPorta (and others) wander around in the wilds of Columbus? My best shots involve YouTube threats and heavy metal ingestion.
(buffum from Austin TX)
If this were the NFL, I'd say "improving your draft position". LaPorta didn't say that Shapiro "dresses like a pimp" or anything like that, did he? Otherwise, I can't explain it. LaPorta's continued presence in AAA ranks with casting Michael Caine in "Blame It On Rio" on the misallocation of resources scale. (Ken Funck)
2009-08-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Whom do I have to injure on the Indians to get Matt LaPorta called up? Sizemore needing rest just isn't worth watching Francisco every night. Can't they just send Gimenez back down? That way they can have Franscisco available for some CF duties?
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
It's becoming a bit of a quandary, because LaPorta's disappearance into some sort of dead zone in central Ohio, just a stone's throw away from the Tribe's desperately needy lineup, is nothing short of baffling. The Gimenez thing has gone beyond silly, and they still need a left fielder. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Can I call you Kage? Also, can you give me a reasonable answer as to why Eric Wedge won't play Matt LaPorta?
(bigrick0016 from Cleveland)
A. I prefer KG, but if that works for you, it's cool. I have a thing against "Kev" though. B. No, no I do not. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt LaPorta is raking at AAA: what do you estimate his ETA to be and who will he be taking PT from?
(KO from Pittsfield, MA)
Ben Francisco isn't an everyday player, more a fourth outfielder, so you could start there. An offense/defense platoon makes some sense with those two. LaPorta can also get time at 1B for Ryan Garko and ... well, Travis Hafner isn't quite ready to cede DH, it appears.

I'd get LaPorta up pretty soon. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lightning Round Question? Long term: Chris Davis (Tex) or Matt LaPorta (Cle)
(Jimmy from Crapchester)
Matt LaPorta. I remain skeptical, perhaps more than I should, about Davis' contact rate.

Jimmy says we're in the lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-10 14:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Joe- I'll be at work this afternoon so, regretfully, I'll miss the live chat this afternoon. If you can sqeeze in my question I'd appreciate it. What can we expect from from Matt Laporta this season? Will the Indians use him at 1st or LF or DH? Perhaps will they will "longoria-nize" him and bring him up mid-April or May. This would allow them to use him where he is most needed. Sometimes if you stand by the barn door the horse (or the decision...) comes to you. Thanks for taking my question...
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
You don't worry about service time with LaPorta, because as a bat-only player who's already 24, you're not concerned about locking up his age-30 season. Just play him once he's ready, and given that the team has a contract that hasn't hit in years at DH, and the open question of Ryan Garko at first base, there should be time for him. If Choo has to miss any time, that seals the deal for carrying LaPorta on Opening Day. I think he'll hit .270/.345/.490 in the majors this year if he plays. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)How long till I get to feast my eyes on the majestic power of Matt LaPorta?
(mwball75 from ohio)
No later than September and maybe the All-Star break. (John Perrotto)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Shin-soo Choo deserve the chance to be the everyday RF for Cleveland? Or not quite?
(Rob from Alaska)
No, but he's a pretty tasty platoon option. He's part of the solution, not the problem, when it comes to getting enough production from their outfield. The problem's in left, but we can hope that Matt LaPorta's ready to fix that at some point this summer. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Say nice things about the Cleveland Indians. (Honesty optional)
(ericturner29 from Chicago)
They're a very well-run organization, they have a solid farm system, and they should finally be rid of Andy Marte by the end of spring training. I also look forward to their trying to filter Matt LaPorta into left field somewhere in the second half. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Max Ramirez is the same age as Matt LaPorta, has put up better numbers this year, and is, theoretically, a catcher. So why is LaPorta more highly regarded than Mad Max?
(Adam J. Morris from Houston, TX)
LaPorta has the better approach and is the better pure hitter. and I'm a big Ramirez believer. Also a big, big difference between the Texas League and the Southern League. Don't rank prospects on stats alone. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on how the Olympic team is doing so far and/or Matt LaPorta getting drilled in the head?
(Steve from ND)
I know they have Jayson Nix playing second base, which makes it hard for me to take the whole thing seriously. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Matt LaPorta getting any kind of significant playing time this season? Or next season?
(Ryan from Milwaukee)
Next year, I think he has to be in their equation, but the fact that the Brewers are starting to play better ball lately makes it less likely that he'll get significant playing time *this* year. (Nate Silver)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Huston Street for Matt LaPorta a fair trade? Does it make sense for the A's with Cust already around?
(Steven from Mid-town)
It's reasonably fair. I actually think I'd rather have Street's next six years: LaPorta's nice, but: he's 23, and is restricted to a corner outfield spot which he doesn't play very well. But since Street is already into his fourth year of service time, what you'd be doing is trading three years of Street for six years of LaPorta. And that would definitely be worth it. (Nate Silver)
2008-06-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does the Blue Jays offense have it in them to turn it around and save JP's job? (making Cito the hero of millions once again in the process) Or should they start looking at things like AJ Burnett to the Brewers for a shiny prospect? (Gamel?)
(Aaron from YYZ)
It shouldn't be a good offense based on its rather limited talent, and it isn't. And that division makes their situation very difficult. I absolutely think that the Blue Jays need to start thinking about whether they could get someone like Matt LaPorta for someone like A.J. Burnett. (Nate Silver)
2008-05-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)At what point do the Yankees punt the 2008 season and try to trade veterans for prospects and - given that scenario - who are your favorite trade candidates?
(Precarious Jim from Cologne, Germany)
Hello, Cologne. It's a difficult question, and I say that knowing I've advocated for trades. If Giambi keeps hitting, the Yankees might actually get something for him - a no-brainer given that they're not going to pick up his option. Damon might have some value to someone soft in the outfield. With Brett Gardner playing well, you might rethink trading Melky Cabrera. None of these players are going to bring back Matt LaPorta unless someone has been drinking, but maybe you get something in the way of position players.

I like Melky, but I just don't understand his streakiness. (Steven Goldman)
2008-05-05 12:30:00 (link to chat)After a .500 record in 2007 and the loss of Matt LaPorta, has Florida surprised you with their performance this year? What does their post-season picture look like?
(georgeforeman03 from Raleigh)
They've more than surprised me, I'm shocked at the job Kevin O'Sullivan has done in his first season with the Gators. I had heard all the talk regarding O'Sullvan's ability to work with a pitching staff, but the difference he has made in one season in Gainesville is absolutely huge. Plus, they are aided by some good roster construction, like an infield made up of all ex-shortstops. The emergence of Josh Adams as a top freshman has been huge, if only to give Cole Figueroa some protection in that lineup. (Bryan Smith)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance Eric Hosmer or Justin Smoak could handle left field along the lines of Matt Laporta?
(Dan McKay from Albuquerque, NM)
It's an interesting question. I do think there's a shot that the whole LaPorta thing could start a trend, where the thinking is "hey, it's left field, so who cares?". Smoak is a pretty decent defender -- maybe he could do it. Hosmer's a tougher question because his body isn't done yet. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-10-02 11:00:00Thursday Playoff Games"Getting rid of a postseason monkey was big, but was it worth 6 seasons of Matt LaPorta & company? "

Possibly. LaPorta was blocked at LF, RF and 1B, for one thing, and given Nate Silver's work in Baseball Between the Numbers about the long-term revenue impact of a single postseason appearance and the fact that CC's departure puts an extra sandwich pick in the hands of Zduriencik, I think the Brewers will make up for his loss. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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