|THROUGH THE YEARS IN BASEBALL AMERICA|
|• Among college prospects, LaPorta ranks third for his ability to hit for power and second for his strike-zone judgment.|
• LaPorta is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the best player in college baseball.
• Craig Handel wrote that LaPorta's decision to return to Florida for his senior season will pay dividends in this year's draft.
• LaPorta is the top prospect from Florida.
• A monster first half and improved defense propelled LaPorta to the No. 12 spot on our midseason Top 30 Prospects list.
• John Manuel said that LaPorta's hot start improved his draft stock, but not to expect a senior discount because Scott Boras is his agent.
• In our college blog, Aaron Fitt noted how much LaPorta's improved plate discipline has helped his performance.
• LaPorta spoke with Aaron Fitt about the differences between his 2006 and 2007 seasons.
• LaPorta was our pick as college baseball's top senior in our midseason report.
• In our Early Draft Preview: College Top 100 Prospects list, LaPorta ranked No. 23 with the best raw power in the SEC as a preseason second-team All-America selection.
|• LaPorta showed power and patience at the plate this summer, earning him the No. 16 spot on our Cape Cod League Top 30 Prospects list.|
• LaPorta's 2006 draft scouting report. He ranked No. 38 on our draft board.
• In our college preview, LaPorta ranked seventh on our list of the Top 100 Prospects, and was the SEC preseason Player of the Year and a first-team All-American.
• Will Kimmey wrote a player profile LaPorta and the impressive numbers he has posted for the Gators.
|• Playing with a broken foot, LaPorta led Team USA after its Italian tour with five home runs and had a 10-game hitting streak.|
• LaPorta was perhaps the most impressive player at the Team USA trials.