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Matt LaPorta

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Matt LaPorta
Name: Matthew Vincent LaPorta
Born: Jan 8, 1985 in Port Charlotte, Fla. USA
College: Florida
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 1st round (7th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 (signed for $2,000,000)
LaPorta led the nation in home runs as a sophomore in 2005, slugging 26 to set a school record. His power binge continued during that summer, when he anchored the heart of the order for Team USA's college national squad. His junior season was another story. He strained an oblique muscle in February, missed 13 games and never got untracked. The Red Sox drafted him in the 14th round last June, but he stuck to his bonus demands, reportedly $1 million, and returned to Gainesville for his senior season, with outstanding results. His .579 on-base percentage led the nation, as did his 1.432 on-base plus slugging. He has improved his approach and kept his hands inside the ball better this year, making better contact, and his plus-plus raw power remains a game-changing tool. When he gets his arms extended, he can launch balls out to all parts of the park. He's a below-average defensive player who is relegated to first base as a professional, but could be taken in the top half of the first round this year nonetheless. His adviser is Scott Boras, which can always be a factor in where a player goes.
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