While there are numerous scouting reports available on minor league baseball players, very few scouting reports are customized to fantasy baseball standards. So with that in mind, here is a fantasy baseball scouting report on Cleveland Indians prospect Matt LaPorta.
Player Profile – Matt LaPorta:
Born: January 8, 1985
Draft: 2007 – 1st Round Milwaukee Brewers
Position: First Base / Outfield
Minor League Profile:
LaPorta the 1st round draft pick (#7 overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007, and was the major trade piece in the Brewers-Indians CC Sabathia trade in 2008. LaPorta is known primarily for his power bat, as he has proven through his two years in the minor leagues during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 131 minor leagues games and 477 at bats, LaPorta has posted 34 homeruns, 105 rbi, 84 runs scored, 33 doubles, .285 batting average, .382 on base percentage, and a .577 slugging percentage.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At age 24 for the 2009 season, Matt LaPorta should receive a good amount of major league playing time in 2009. Officially earning an early May call-up and making his major league debut on May 3, LaPorta has the potential to make an Evan Longoria rookie-type fantasy impact during the 2009 season.
Given the fact that Matt LaPorta put up exceptional power numbers through his 2007 and 2008 minor league seasons, including 34 homeruns and 105 rbi in 477 at bats, that type of production is definitely possible and essentially expected of LaPorta in the future. In his prime, Matt LaPorta could easily be a 40 plus homerun and 110 rbi major league player, and a top 10 fantasy baseball outfielder.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Matt LaPorta is worthy of a top 5 outfielder prospect ranking entering the 2009 season. LaPorta’s keeper league value is in the same ranking tier as Cameron Maybin, Travis Snider, Colby Rasmus, Andrew McCutchen and Dexter Fowler. Matt LaPorta’s long term potential has him looking like a premiere cleanup hitter with definite All-Star potential.
For fantasy baseball teams in one year leagues during the 2009 season, LaPorta is a high reward pick who could help fantasy teams tremendously in the homerun and rbi department. With an early May call-up already in the books for the 2009 season, Matt LaPorta could be one of the best free agent pickups of the year in 2009 fantasy baseball. Matt LaPorta could easily be the 2009 rookie version of the 2008 Evan Longoria, in terms of overall fantasy baseball impact.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Matt LaPorta in 2009 could resemble 20-25 homeruns, 70-80 rbi, 50 runs scored, and a batting average around .285.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 250 at bats, 30 runs scored, 12 homeruns, 45 rbi, .270 batting average
On the high end: 425 at bats, 50 runs scored, 25 homeruns, 80 rbi, .285 batting average