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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.

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going both ways

Posted in baseball, Sports with tags , , , , on June 20, 2008 by AccountKiller

Pat Venditte made his debut last night for the New York Yankees Class-A short season affiliate Staten Island Yankees. Who is Pat Venditte you ask? Pat is a 23 year old pitcher from Creighton, drafted by the Yankees in the 45th round of the 2007 amateur entry draft but did not sign. He was drafted by the Yankees again earlier this month in the 20th round, and quickly inked a deal.

He compiled great stats his last few years at pitching out of the bullpen at Creighton: http://www.thebaseballcube.com/players/V/Pat-Venditte.shtml. But what makes him so special? Well watch the video above.

All that dual-handedness created quite the controversy in his debut last night. For those who did not catch it Sportscenter, the clip is below. Hysterical; totally destroyed the hitter even after the delay.

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