Despite failing to establish a rhythm with Akron after his trade to the Indians (the Futures Game and Olympics intervened), LaPorta still managed to finish seventh among all Double-A hitters with a .539 SLG and tied for 11th with 22 homers in just 362 at-bats.
Scouting report: He has power, power and more power to all fields from the right side of the plate yet is willing to take walks. He's better than expected defensively and could become an average corner outfielder despite not running well. He can also still play first base.
Upside potential: Middle-of-the-order run producer in the near future.
They said it: "Matt brings a right-handed power bat to our organization. He's a guy that can do damage. He has a chance to be a run-producer/middle-of-the order type on offense. And he's a better defender and athlete than he gets credit for." -- Indians Assistant GM of Scouting John Mirabelli
He said it: "It's a great honor to be traded for CC [Sabathia]. He's an outstanding player. It's pretty cool. It's always neat to be a part of such a big thing going on in baseball."