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Encyclopedia > Matt LaPorta
Matthew LaPorta

Milwaukee Brewers — No. X
First base
Born: January 8, 1985 (1985-01-08) (age 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
X, X for the Milwaukee Brewers
Selected MLB statistics
(through June 7, 2007)
Batting Average     .000
Home Runs     0
RBI     0
Teams

Matthew LaPorta is a first baseman[1] who was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball 7th overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Florida.[2] The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Look up X, x in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up X, x in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ... RBI is a three-letter abbreviation with multiple meanings, including Reserve Bank of India Run batted in, in baseball Radio Berlin International This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ... Main Florida Gators Logo. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... The 2007 First-Year Player Draft was Major League Baseballs annual amateur draft of high school and college baseball players, and was held on June 7 and June 8, 2007. ... The University of Florida (commonly referred to as Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, space-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ...

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Early life

Matthew LaPorta was born on January 8, 1985 in Port Charlotte, Florida. January 8 is the 8th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ... Port Charlotte is a census-designated place located in Charlotte County, Florida. ...


Scouting Report

LaPorta has maybe the most power of the players taken in the 2007 draft. In 2005, for example, he led the entire nation in home runs last spring with 26, propelling the Gators to the College World Series, falling just short against the Texas Longhorns in the championship series. He was named the 2005 SEC Player of the Year as a result, and after his sophomore campaign, opposing teams started to pitch around him in 2007. He has what many consider swing and a strong, powerful frame. LaPorta has shown that he is prone to strikeouts, but he has also gotten a good number of walks. While hitting for contact may be a problem for LaPorta, he's not expected to be another Dave Kingman. Pat Burrell may be a good comparison for LaPorta at a similar stage in their respective college careers. The Gators claims that he was moved from his catching position due to the presence of Brian Jerolman, but LaPorta's future was more likely to be in the infield or outfield corner regardless. He has good arm strength and footing when he throws. The Gators played LaPorta at third base a little bit in 2007 as well. Despite this perceived versatility, LaPorta is most likely a first baseman in the Major leagues, but it won't be because he can't play anywhere else, but rather that he profiles the best there.


2007 Draft

LaPorta was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 7th overall pick of the 2007 First Year Player Draft. The Milwaukee Brewers agreed Monday to a contract with Matt LaPorta, giving the seventh selection in this year's amateur draft a signing bonus of about $2 million. The Brewers plan to move Matt to left field. He will go to Arizona and then West Virginia A ball as soon as he is ready.[3] Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None...


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