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why don’t you and i

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2008 by AccountKiller

Mark Shapiro continues to amaze me. He is as smart as Ned Colletti is dumb. While Cleveland hoped to be in a pennant race, they are not, but that doesn’t mean their front office is just going to stand-pat. Having already obtained one of the best bats in all of the minor leagues in Matt LaPorta, Mark Shapiro went at it again this weekend.

The Indians shipped off Casey Blake and Luis Perdoma, a minor league relief pitcher. Perdoma brought Anthony Reyes over from the Cardinals, who was once a top pitching prospect but never quite put it all together in St Louis. A change in scenery may be all he needs. However, the real coup was the deal involving Casey Blake.

Blake went to the Dodgers in exchange for Carlos Santana (explaining my obscure post title) and Jonathan Meloan. Carlos Santana is a young catching prospect signed as an IFA back in ’04. He has the arm strength to remain at the all important catcher position, just needs to improve his receiving skills. If he can remain a catcher, this is a great acquisition because he can absolutely rake. He currently sports a .323/.431/.563/.993 line at Advanced Single-A.

Then there’s Mr. Meloan. He’s been the single best reliever in the minors over the last couple seasons, however his interest is in a starting role. His control has been suspect, so many have doubts about his ability to be a starting pitcher at the major league level. It remains to be seen how the Indians will want to use him, but if they wanted to he could end up with the 9th inning role as early as September this year. Meloan sports an electric fastball, with two above average breaking pitches: a mid 80s slider and a pitch I’d classify as a knuckle-curve of sorts that sits in the high 70s. An absolute gem of an arm, providing further evidence of Ned Colletti’s stupidity.

Mark Shapiro on the other hand, is nothing short of brilliant.

Indian fans, you have a lot to look forward to.

what are you waiting for?

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2008 by AccountKiller

Rumor has it the Milwaukee Brewers have offered Matt LaPorta to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for CC Sabathia. If this is true, Cleveland needs to just accept this before the Brewers change their mind.

LaPorta was drafted by the Cubs out of high school in the 14th round, however he did not sign and instead went to the University of Florida. Despite putting up fantastic numbers in his first 3 seasons with the Gators, his stock did not improve much at the end of his Junior year when the Boston Red Sox selected him in the 14th round. Again LaPorta decided to return to school, and he responded with a monster senior year. In just 52 games, LaPorta hit .402/.582/.817 (.1399 OPS!!!!!!) with 20 HRs, 55 RBIs, and just 16 strikeouts vs 55 walks. He was expected to be a late 1st round pick, but the Brewers wasted no time selecting the talented hitter in the 1st round, 7th overall.

LaPorta has since been an absolute beast, arguably the most productive hitter at any level in the minors. Through 82 games this season in Double-A, LaPorta is hitting .291/.404/.584 with 20 HRs and 66 RBIs.

The Brewers can probably afford to lose LaPorta, as they already have a multitude of great offensive players with sub-par defensive skills. With a core of Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, and Corey Hart already producing for the club, the Brewers also have Matt Gamel, who is absolutely dominating at Double-A Huntsville, as well as Matt Salome who is a top catching prospect. Assuming the Brewers can also sign 2008 1st round draft pick Brett Lawrie, they’d be an embarassment of riches.

The Indians badly need offensive help. With Victor Martinez out, and Travis Hafner hurt and completely lost when he’s healthy, it’s been Grady Sizemore shouldering the entire load himself. They should jump at the opportunity to get LaPorta, rather than mess around with using this as a chance to cause a bidding war.

 

UPDATE: It’s official. The Cleveland Indians sent LHP CC Sabathia to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for OF Matt LaPorta, LHP Zach Jackson, RHP Rob Bryson, and a player to be named later (possibly 3B Taylor Green). Great move by Indians GM Mark Shapiro. As for Brewers GM Doug Melvin, he only comes out a winner in this if the Brewers make the playoffs and put up a decent run at a World Series title.