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Andy LaRoche 3BBlue Jays

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Birth Date9-13-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 0 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-0.22010
-0.52011
2012
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0.32014
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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
2007 LAN 23 35 115 93 16 21 5 0 1 29 20 24 1 1 0 10 2 1 .226 .365 .312 .246 3.7 -1.0 0.3
2008 LAN 24 27 69 59 6 12 1 0 2 19 10 7 0 0 0 6 0 0 .203 .319 .322 .217 0.5 -0.3 0.0
2008 PIT 24 49 183 164 11 25 4 0 3 38 14 30 2 1 2 12 2 0 .152 .227 .232 .169 -13.4 2.7 -1.1
2009 PIT 25 150 590 524 64 135 29 5 12 210 50 84 8 2 6 64 3 1 .258 .330 .401 .249 19.9 6.7 2.7
2010 PIT 26 102 271 247 26 51 8 0 4 71 19 43 2 1 2 16 1 1 .206 .268 .287 .218 -4.4 2.1 -0.2
2011 OAK 27 40 104 93 10 23 6 1 0 31 8 19 2 0 1 5 0 0 .247 .320 .333 .214 -4.1 -0.7 -0.5
2013 TOR 29 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .021 -0.6 0.1 -0.1
Career40413361184133267536223981212081551111383.226.304.336.2271.69.61.1

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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
2003 OGD Rk 6 21 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .267 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 65 285 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .276 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 62 243 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .243 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 63 271 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 64 264 .264 .256 .336 .378 .261 .323 90 0.7 5.0 0.6 -2.9 -1.3 7.8 0.5 7.8 0.5
2006 JAX AA 62 277 .338 .259 .335 .383 .265 .328 98 16.7 5.8 0.6 -1.8 0.7 22.8 2.2 22.8 2.2
2006 LVG AAA 55 230 .323 .277 .347 .425 .270 .344 105 13.7 5.9 0.7 -0.4 -0.3 22.6 2.2 22.6 2.2
2007 LAN MLB 35 115 .246 .264 .338 .424 .260 .290 102 -1.8 3.4 0.5 -1.0 1.2 3.7 0.3 3.7 0.3
2007 LVG AAA 73 311 .306 .282 .347 .442 .265 .312 117 15.8 9.3 0.9 1.3 2.4 27.7 2.8 27.7 2.8
2008 LAN MLB 27 69 .217 .256 .322 .396 .253 .200 96 -3.2 2.0 0.1 -0.3 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.5 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 49 183 .169 .258 .323 .410 .259 .167 98 -17.9 5.3 0.7 2.7 0.2 -13.4 -1.1 -13.4 -1.1
2008 JAX AA 6 25 .295 .281 .363 .454 .269 .438 112 1 0.7 0 -0.3 -0.5 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2008 LVG AAA 39 166 .302 .286 .359 .449 .267 .298 118 7.8 5.1 0.1 2.1 0.6 13.6 1.5 13.6 1.5
2009 PIT MLB 150 590 .249 .260 .329 .413 .262 .286 97 -6.8 17.0 2.3 6.7 3.4 19.9 2.7 19.9 2.7
2010 PIT MLB 102 271 .218 .251 .315 .400 .264 .234 93 -11.6 7.5 0.6 2.1 1.1 -4.4 -0.2 -4.4 -0.2
2011 OAK MLB 40 104 .214 .257 .318 .407 .259 .311 98 -4.7 2.8 0.4 -0.7 -1.8 -4.1 -0.5 -4.1 -0.5
2011 SAC AAA 54 224 .246 .289 .360 .458 .269 .269 95 -3.6 6.9 0.1 -0.6 1.1 4.0 0.3 4.1 0.3
2012 COH AAA 46 166 .235 .257 .329 .387 .253 .259 110 -4.6 4.9 0.4 0.4 -1.2 -2.5 -0.2 -2.5 -0.2
2012 PAW AAA 50 204 .278 .252 .319 .374 .248 .270 96 4.1 6.1 -0.9 -1.8 -3.1 6.5 0.5 6.6 0.5
2013 TOR MLB 1 4 .021 .279 .338 .445 .281 .000 106 -0.9 0.1 0 0.1 0.0 -0.6 -0.1 -0.6 -0.1
2013 BUF AAA 104 413 .269 .258 .327 .389 .255 .285 103 4.2 11.8 0.8 -0.6 -5.1 12.8 1.2 12.8 1.2
2014 BUF AAA 60 224 .243 .262 .329 .388 .252 .271 99 -4.3 6.7 -1.2 -0.5 -1.7 -2.0 -0.2 -2.0 -0.2

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
2003 OGD Rk 21 1 4 1 0 0 5 1 4 0 0 .211 .250 .263 .053 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 VRO A+ 243 26 51 13 0 10 35 17 42 2 3 .233 .292 .429 .196 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 CGA A 285 52 69 20 0 13 42 29 30 12 5 .283 .375 .525 .242 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 VRO A+ 271 54 83 14 1 21 51 19 38 6 1 .333 .383 .651 .317 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JAX AA 264 41 62 12 0 9 43 32 54 2 2 .273 .370 .445 .172 .264 7.8 -2.9 0.5
2006 LVG AAA 230 35 65 14 1 10 35 25 32 3 2 .322 .402 .550 .228 .323 22.6 -0.4 2.2
2006 JAX AA 277 42 71 13 0 9 46 41 32 6 3 .309 .422 .483 .174 .338 22.8 -1.8 2.2
2007 LVG AAA 311 55 82 18 1 18 48 39 42 2 2 .309 .404 .589 .279 .306 27.7 1.3 2.8
2007 LAN MLB 115 16 21 5 0 1 10 20 24 2 1 .226 .365 .312 .086 .246 3.7 -1.0 0.3
2008 LVG AAA 166 35 36 3 0 5 28 37 14 2 1 .293 .463 .439 .146 .302 13.6 2.1 1.5
2008 JAX AA 25 5 7 1 0 0 1 3 6 1 0 .318 .400 .364 .045 .295 1.2 -0.3 0.1
2008 LAN MLB 69 6 12 1 0 2 6 10 7 0 0 .203 .319 .322 .119 .217 0.5 -0.3 0.0
2008 PIT MLB 183 11 25 4 0 3 12 14 30 2 0 .152 .227 .232 .079 .169 -13.4 2.7 -1.1
2009 PIT MLB 590 64 135 29 5 12 64 50 84 3 1 .258 .330 .401 .143 .249 19.9 6.7 2.7
2010 PIT MLB 271 26 51 8 0 4 16 19 43 1 1 .206 .268 .287 .081 .218 -4.4 2.1 -0.2
2011 SAC AAA 224 24 50 12 0 4 27 19 24 3 2 .254 .335 .376 .122 .246 4.1 -0.6 0.3
2011 OAK MLB 104 10 23 6 1 0 5 8 19 0 0 .247 .320 .333 .086 .214 -4.1 -0.7 -0.5
2012 PAW AAA 204 23 48 15 0 7 25 18 24 1 1 .264 .338 .462 .198 .278 6.6 -1.8 0.5
2012 COH AAA 166 18 34 5 0 5 16 20 28 0 0 .234 .331 .372 .138 .235 -2.5 0.4 -0.2
2013 BUF AAA 413 45 99 21 1 12 51 37 55 4 4 .271 .339 .433 .162 .269 12.8 -0.6 1.2
2013 TOR MLB 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .021 -0.6 0.1 -0.1
2014 BUF AAA 224 25 50 15 0 5 29 16 33 0 0 .248 .309 .396 .149 .243 -2.0 -0.5 -0.2

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
2008 888 0.5124 0.4516 0.7805 0.6549 0.2379 0.8456 0.5922 0.2195
2009 2152 0.5260 0.4251 0.8425 0.5698 0.2637 0.9132 0.6729 0.1575
2010 1003 0.5135 0.4536 0.8198 0.6136 0.2848 0.8513 0.7482 0.1802
2011 390 0.5256 0.4679 0.7473 0.5756 0.3459 0.8390 0.5781 0.2527
2013 11 0.6364 0.5455 0.8333 0.8571 0.0000 0.8333 0.1667
Career44440.52070.44090.81660.59790.26990.8790.66380.1834

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-20 - Minors - - - Not Disclosed -
2014-04-12 2014-05-12 Minors 30 0 - Low Back Strain - -
2012-06-16 2012-06-25 Minors 9 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2012-04-11 2012-04-20 Minors 9 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2011-08-29 2011-09-17 Minors 19 0 - Not Disclosed - -
2010-05-23 2010-05-27 DTD 4 4 Low Back Soreness -
2010-04-17 2010-04-24 DTD 7 6 Low Back Soreness -
2009-09-22 2009-09-23 DTD 1 1 General Medical Illness -
2009-09-17 2009-09-21 DTD 4 3 General Medical Illness -
2009-06-05 2009-06-06 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Contusion -
2009-02-19 2009-02-23 Camp 4 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Bulging Disc -
2008-08-05 2008-08-10 DTD 5 4 Right Thumb Contusion Thumb -
2008-03-21 2008-05-03 60-DL 43 29 Right Thumb Recovery From Surgery Ulnar Collateral Ligament 2008-03-10
2008-03-08 2008-03-21 Camp 13 0 Right Thumb Surgery Ulnar Collateral Ligament 2008-03-10
2007-08-07 2007-08-25 Minors 18 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Protruding Disc -
2007-06-18 2007-06-30 Minors 12 0 Left Shoulder Strain - -
2007-03-08 2007-03-08 Camp 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion HBP -
2006-10-05 2006-10-05 Minors 0 0 Left Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2006-10-05
2006-06-16 2006-07-03 Minors 17 0 Left Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TOR $
2012 CLE $
2011 OAK $600,000
2010 PIT $451,000
2009 PIT $413,500
2008 PIT $392,500
2008 LAN $392,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,249,500
4 yrTotal$2,249,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 103 d1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Toronto as a free agent 1/30/13 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Toronto 6/7/13. DFA by Toronto 6/11/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/13/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent (minor-league contract). Released by Cleveland 6/26/12. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/28/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2011). Signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/11 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased by Oakland 3/30/11.
  • 1 year/$0.451M (2010). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/2/10. DFA by Pittsburgh 11/19/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4135M (2009). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/11/09.
  • 1 year/$0.3925M (2008). Re-signed 2/28/08. Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Dodgers 7/31/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased 11/05. Re-signed 2/06
  • Drafted 2003 (39-1,171) (Grayson County CC, Texas)

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .263 .352 .402 .254
11 vs R (Multi) .206 .267 .290 .199
18 Split (Multi) -.057 -.085 -.112 -.055
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .000 .000 .000 .000
31 vs R (2013) .000 .000 .000 .025
38 Split (2013) .000 .000 .000 .000
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who were you more wrong on? Jeff Clement, Brandon Wood, Andy LaRoche, or Erik Hurley?
(Wesley from Utah)
I wasn't really on the national level then, so none of the above. I was really wrong on former Rangers prospect Michael Main. I loved his combination of athleticism and stuff. Back in 2008, I saw him sitting 92-95 with a low-80s hammer. He was a monster. I saw a frontline starter type, and at the time, I thought he had the type of makeup to get there. But he got sick (mono or something similar), lost a lot of muscle and added bad weight, lost some of his athleticism and ability to repeat, seemed to lose the work ethic that previous defined him, and eventually gave up the mound and returned to bat. Its a case of being wrong about the outcome but I still feel confident in why I made the projection in the first place. I liked the process. It just didn't happen. (Jason Parks)
2011-12-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin can you give us the prospect you were most wrong about in terms of you thinking he wasn't very good and he became a star and the reverse of that? You loved him and he stunk?
(Walton Goggins from NYC)
There's been a lot. Franklin Morales? Andy LaRoche? Brandon Wood? (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-03-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your favorite players to watch this season? Who ya rootin' for?
(Goo Goo the Cat from Prowlin' Around, PA)
Rooting for? Well, I suppose I'm no supposed to root for players, but c'mon, how can you help it? I'm hoping to see John Danks bust out and get the sort of attention he deserves, and for Gordon Beckham to put everything together and be the star we thought he'd be. I want to see Wandy Rodriguez deliver that back half over a full season. I'm looking forward to seeing Carlos Zambrano get back to being in the news for his pitching. I'm wondering if Andy LaRoche puts up more WARP than any other NRI in anybody's camp if he can win the A's job at third base. I want to see Jim Thome's 600th career home run in person. I want to enjoy a full season of Starlin Castro at shortstop, having had to spend too much time away from Chicago last summer. I want to see what Mike Stanton and Logan Morrison do for the Fish, since that's about as entertaining a tandem of hitting prospects of similar vintage on any team anywhere. That's a few, but there are more. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)When does a prospect/young player cross the line and become a bust? Would you consider Alex Gordon, Brandon Wood, Cameron Maybin, Andy Marte, and Joel Guzman busts?
(Steve from Las Vegas)
Andy Marte - yes. Brandon Wood - yes. Cameron Maybin is approaching that territory though he could still be a somewhat useful major leaguer. Alex Gordon is only going to be a bust relative to expectations. He can still be a productive major leaguer, unlike say Andy LaRoche, but he is not going to become the perennial all star many originally thought. To me, there is no clear line of demarcation but rather a situation that has a certain feel to it. Wood has shown no signs of improvement, nor has Maybin. Gordon has. (Eric Seidman)
2010-11-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)How would you evaluate Ned Colletti's performance over the years?
(Lana Turner from Hollywood, CA)
Lana, have I ever told you that I think you were quite the looker? Loved your, um, work, in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Colletti's work has been extremely uneven, tending toward the negative side. He coasted by on Paul DePodesta's legacy for a while, and has some strange ideas about the value of young, cost-controlled players, Outfielders Who Must Not Be Named, and the advisability of relating to players through the press. Not that Andy LaRoche has made him look bad in recent years. Ask Jay Jaffe in a chat sometime if you're looking for an earful. (Ben Lindbergh)
2010-07-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is it too early to call Brandon Wood and Andy LaRoche busts?
(Bobby from Pittsburgh)
No -- but of course I'm paid to have opinions. Everything that we thought might go wrong with Brandon Wood has. (Ken Funck)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)How do you assess Neal Huntington's job in Pittsburgh so far?
(Charles from New York City)
Not very differently than how I would have a year ago, or six months ago. Pedro Alvarez will arrive shortly. The organization has a long way to go, but they're more competitive now, and they're certainly creative enough in terms of trying any number of things with their players. Getting worked up over the returns as far as what was received for breaking up a bad team would have been a mistake; sure enough, acquiring a collection of washouts and mid-list prospects hasn't yielded massive returns. If there's cause for massive disappointment, it's that Andy LaRoche flopped, but LaRoche was a prospect nobody saw flopping this badly, so it's hard to fault Huntington the decision to acquire him. I'd still fidget over the decision to deal McLouth as early as he did, but that may not have been entirely in his hands. Basically, I remain a cautious optimist where the Pirates are concerned. I cautious, patient optimist. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for all the help I can get, who should I keep in a non strikeout fantasy league, Jered Weaver or Ryan Dempster? Also, what's your best guess for how Andy LaRoche does this year? Thanks!
(Adam from Rochester)
Jered Weaver, definitely. LaRoche will be better, I'll say .270-15-65. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-10 18:00:00 (link to chat)Eric do you see any breakout for some of the young Bucs in 2010, or do I hit the snooze alarm until 2011/12?
(Elvis from Vegas)
It's almost the middle of March which means not only are corporate taxes just about due but that baseball -- when it counts -- is right around the corner. I would never advocate hitting the snooze alarm on a season. There's a good chance Pedro Alvarez could be in the bigs come June, perhaps Andy LaRoche can continue to progress. Maybe even my man Virgil Vazquez can turn some heads -- hey, a guy can dream! (Eric Seidman)
2010-02-16 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect to see in terms of production from Andy LaRoche, Lastings Milledge and Jeff Clement this year? Do you think any of them will have a breakout-type season that will give Pirates' management enough of a feeling that they are part of the long term solution in the rebuild?
(Mark from Pittsburgh)
Milledge is at least young and has shown raw talent. LaRoche is a ground ball hitting corner infielder with average speed. (Literally, he was dead on average last year.) Jeff Clement had a .295 OBP last year. Not the sort of guy I'd put my faith in. Maybe Milledge sticks. LaRoche can be had elsewhere. (Russell A. Carleton)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The asking of the Gordon question makes me want to ask about Andy LaRoche. Is he going to take the next step forward with the bat and do you think he'll be able to make the move to 2b, or be traded when Alvarez is brought up?
(Mark from N.Y.)
I don't think LaRoche to second base is a realistic outcome. It's hard to know what's going to happen here, because LaRoche really looked like something special through his age-22 season, and even his age-23 season wasn't cause for alarm. Given that he's now heading into his age-26 season, I still haven't given up, but he's fallen into that David Bell/lesser Boone range of guys who are employable, but not necessarily much more than that. I figure it's Alvarez who may have to head to first base if they don't move LaRoche, but it's up to LaRoche's hitting as to whether or not that expectation stands up. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Roto question (sorry): keeper league, just dealt Rasmus/Andy LaRoche/Carlos Ruiz for Buster Posey/Gallado/Looper. Thoughts?
(Silv from NY, NY)
Stop playing with the local Girl Scout Troop. Ruiz and Looper cancel, and you're way ahead on the rest of it.

Don't ask me three questions at once. Thanks. (Not you, Silv.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know Lincoln was joking about Alvarez needing a trade, but with Andy Laroche manning 3B, what exactly is his path? Clearly he's a better talent than Laroche, but the fact remains he's blocked at the hot corner at the moment.
(ericmilburn from San Francisco)
Pedro is a big league third baseman about as much as you or I am. He's going to be a first baseman sooner than later. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy LaRoche; failure, or too early to tell?
(Sweet Lou from Pittsburgh, PA)
Too early to tell. As I said yesterday in TA, Neil Walker's got his uses, LaRoche has mashed lefties, and maybe that's a 50/50 job-sharing arrangement where Walker also gets some at-bats in the outfield or over at first base. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Andy LaRoche - still too early to tell, or another "free Eurubiel Durazo" - type bust?
(Frank from Vegas)
Too early to tell but I'm leaning to your second clause more and more each day. (Eric Seidman)
2009-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat, Marc. Who will be the better 3B option in a 10 team/20 keeper league: Pablo Sandoval or Andy LaRoche? What are the odds LaRoche hits 20 homers in 2010?
(Guancous from Silver Spring, MD)
I like Sandoval a lot. I have faith in LaRoche to be a pretty good third baseman, but Sandoval is going to be a scary hitter in his own right. I would stick with Sandoval if I had to pick one (and I did, Sandoval is catching for me right now). (Marc Normandin)
2009-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi John, thanks for the chat and your great work. Just wanted to ask you your thoughts on two players: Andy LaRoche and Kenshin Kawakami, esp. LaRoche. How does he look?
(Dennis from LA)
I think Andy LaRoche is going to be a solid league-average third baseman, not great but certainly a good big-league player. I saw Kawakami once in spring training and he looked great but those who saw him in Japan say he is not the same pitcher he was in his prime and is more of a No. 4 or No. 5 starter in the majors now. (John Perrotto)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the post-Littlefield era in Pittsburgh? While I'm encouraged by the lack of bone-headed moves, there hasn't been much tangible progress yet either. Or am I missing things?
(rick from co)
You're not going to see progress in the short term. The talent base isn't there. Andy LaRoche is the guy to watch this year, and Ian Snell as well; are they part of the 2011 team, the one that might get to .500, or not. The championship core is Alvarez, McCutchen, Tabata and the next two #1 picks. Maybe Doumit. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-03-19 15:00:00 (link to chat)I know they're spring numbers, but Andy LaRoche has great numbers, particularly his walk rate. Does he finally break out now that he's got a full-time job?
(James from Altoona)
Sure. Put him on my sleeper team for 2009 as well. Always liked him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)does Andy = Andy (ie LaRoche = Marte), or can I breathe easy knowing LaRoche's minor league numbers will translate rather well to the majors this year?
(NealH from The PBC)
I don't think you can give up on Andy LaRoche just yet. He was playing one-handed last season and clearly pressed during his two months with the Pirates. I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt. The scouting reports and numbers have just been too good to think this guy is a bust. (John Perrotto)
2008-08-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Will, thanks for your great work. To what extent do you think injuries will keep Andy LaRoche and Travis Buck from fulfilling their seemingly considerable potential? Buck especially can't seem to stay in one piece. Thanks again!
(Dennis from Monterey Park)
You have to take it into consideration with both. Health *is* a skill. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Odds of Andy LaRoche being traded?
(Chris from TX)
50/50. I have no read on the Dodgers. I'm not sure the Dodgers have a read on the Dodgers.

I could do this all day. I really could. Except I have to be somewhere at 6. Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Kev, Are you still high on Andy Laroche? I've heard him mentioned in trade talks and he doesn't seem to be playing every day, your thoughts? Joe
(Swingingbunts from NY)
If I was some non-Dodgers team, I would love to see if they'd sell low on him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-05-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Caleb, thanks for the chat. What do you think of Russell Martin moving from catcher in the next few years? I have been pushing for a move to second base to replace Kent next year. Would the Dodgers be crazy to do it or would he get a nice offensive boost?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
I'm not sure you want to move Martin from behind the plate. For one thing, he's a good defensive catcher--career Range Factor of 7.86, compared with 7.28 average, career Fielding Runs Above Average of 21 (in just over two seasons--that's outstanding). He's been having trouble throwing out runners this year--just eight of 38--but in his first two years he caught about 1 in 3. Obviously, good fielding catchers who can hit as well as Martin are just about impossible to find, and hold tremendous value. From what I understand LA doesn't have a catching prospect behind Martin, either--not on the Top 11 prospects (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=7094). So I think they should keep him behind the plate.
Jay Jaffe brought up an interesting solution for second base next year: move Blake DeWitt to the position, making room for Andy LaRoche at third. Or heck, maybe you move LaRoche there, if DeWitt keeps hitting like he has (unlikely). I'm not sure either of them can play the position, and I don't think the Dodgers would do it even if they either can, but it's something to think about. At least you didn't give Luis Castillo a four year deal, right?

Did people know that Martin's full name, according to Baseball Reference, is Russell Nathan Coltrane Jeanson Martin? (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Blake DeWitt at 3B for the Dodgers, I haven't heard a thing about how Andy LaRoche has been doing in AAA since he came off the DL. Is he healed and still likely to be called up this summer? (It's a eurocent, by the way.)
(prapol from NYC)
Check yesterday's chat with KG for a better answer than I could give you. A eurocent? That's lame. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I drafted Andy LaRoche late in an NL only league only to find out his hand is in a caste. What kind of season can we expect of him?
(Mike from NYC)
Not much. The Dodgers won't have him back until late May at best and by then, they'll likely have someone new blocking him. I don't understand this organization, other than the concept that we can't get a solid read on who the real decision maker is on any given decision. (Will Carroll)
2008-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Arrrrrrg. Give us a top 100 prospects trade that needs to happen. Something in the vein of Young for Garza.
(Shane MacGowan from The Drunk Tank)
I took a look at my Top 100, and frankly, I don't see anyone horribly blocked. Andy LaRoche comes to mind, but I can't find a good matchup for him. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these third baseman long term: Zimmerman, Alex Gordon, Ryan Braun, Andy LaRoche, and Evan Longoria.
(chris from chicago)
Zimmerman (man, he's about to have a year), Longoria, Braun, LaRoche, Gordon.

I might flip the last two because I'm not sure the Dodgers won't screw up with LaRoche. There are a ton of good young third baseman, huh?

Here's a better question: which of these guys ends up being Hank Blalock? (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Andy Laroche? Is he in the same caliber with other top young 3Bs or has his stock dropped? What is his chance of him starting in the majors?
(Jack from Manchvegas (NH))
I still think LaRoche is an elite prospect, and I'm very confused as to why the Dodgers seemingly don't agree with me. (Kevin Goldstein)


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