Transaction: LaPorta Recalled, Herrmann Optioned

BOSTON MA - AUGUST 5: Matt LaPorta #7 of the Cleveland Indians fouls one off in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox August 5 2010 at Fenway Park in Boston Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)




Recalled 1B Matt LaPorta from Columbus (AAA)

Optioned RHP Frank Herrmann to Columbus (AAA)

With this move, the Indians get back down to 12 pitchers, as they were planning to do.

The Indians will be giving LaPorta regular at-bats for the remainder of the season, but at this point I think they know what they're going to get from Matt. It's the reason they traded for Lars Anderson at the deadline, and the reason why they'll be looking for a first baseman this winter. LaPorta can't hit a quality major-league off-speed pitch, and doesn't have good enough plate discipline to lay off them.

The Indians were banking on him becoming a middle-of-the-order hitter, and a right-handed one at that. They had other alternative if he failed to develop, and right now they don't have anybody in the system that they can plug in at first base next season. Lars Anderson is a project, and although they might get something from Russ Canzler, they can't assume that.

Herrmann is still in search of a quality secondary pitch, and he hasn't found it yet. He'll probably be back after Columbus is done, but I don't know if he'll last the winter on the 40-man roster.

Frank Herrmann Game Log - 2012

Rk Gcar Gtm Date Tm Opp Inngs DR IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str StL StS GB FB LD PU IR IS aLI WPA RE24
1 81 110 Aug 7 CLE MIN 9-GF 99 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 .82 0.020 0.74
2 82 115 Aug 12 CLE BOS 5-7 4 2.1 3 1 1 2 1 0 3.38 12 48 26 5 4 4 5 1 1 1 1 .00 0.000 -0.77
3 83 117 Aug 14 CLE LAA 7-GF(8) 1 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.08 4 13 9 4 1 2 1 1 0 2 0 .11 0.011 1.59
4 84 120 Aug 18 CLE OAK 6-7 3 1.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.76 7 30 17 4 2 1 4 1 0 0 0 .15 -0.016 -0.55
CLE 5.2 5 3 3 3 3 0 4.76 24
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/25/2012.

Matt LaPorta Combined Stats

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pos
2007 22 MIL-min A,Rk 30 130 115 22 35 9 0 12 31 0 1 8 30 .304 .369 .696 1.065
2008 23 MIL-CLE-min AA 101 433 362 62 101 24 2 22 74 2 1 49 75 .279 .386 .539 .924
2009 24 CLE-min AAA 93 393 338 63 101 23 2 17 60 1 3 42 56 .299 .388 .530 .917
2009 24 CLE AL 52 198 181 29 46 13 0 7 21 2 0 12 37 .254 .308 .442 .750 99 739/D
2010 25 CLE-min AAA 18 81 69 7 25 4 0 5 16 0 1 12 10 .362 .457 .638 1.094
2010 25 CLE AL 110 425 376 41 83 15 1 12 41 0 0 46 82 .221 .306 .362 .668 87 3/D7
2011 26 CLE-min AAA 2 9 9 2 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 .444 .444 .778 1.222
2011 26 CLE AL 107 385 352 34 87 23 1 11 53 1 0 23 87 .247 .299 .412 .711 98 3/D
2012 27 CLE-min AAA 101 434 375 56 99 19 1 19 62 0 3 44 81 .264 .350 .472 .822
2012 27 CLE AL 4 15 15 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .200 .200 .200 .400 14 /3D
4 Yrs 273 1023 924 105 219 51 2 30 115 3 0 81 210 .237 .302 .394 .696 93
162 Game Avg. 162 607 548 62 130 30 1 18 68 2 0 48 125 .237 .302 .394 .696 93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/25/2012.
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