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Looking for a sub-.500 team that could break through and make the playoffs next year? The Indians...

Looking for a sub-.500 team that could break through and make the playoffs next year? The Indians are that team.

Jonah Keri on Grantland Since it's Grantland, there's some hyperbole. And it seems to have been published before DJ went to CHC.
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Matt Laporta, First Baseman?

Tipping my hat to notthatnoise from the Game 26 post-game wrap up where he posted about Matt Laporta quietly having a solid year thus far. notthatnoise mentioned Laporta's .818 OPS (135 OPS+) and...

Indians Sign Nick Johnson

I always kinda liked Johnson's skills, but there's not a ton of room to fit in here. He's kind of a poor man's Pronk (which is also what Pronk is these days), and I'm hoping he doesn't spend much time spelling Laporta at first. UPDATE: It's a minor league deal. -afh

LaPorta Called Up

Crowe to DL. (Updated link to Castro's article.)

He looked good enough to be in the big leagues to me... If they need a corner outfielder, I...

He looked good enough to be in the big leagues to me... If they need a corner outfielder, I wouldn't feel uncomfortable at all starting him in the big leagues—he should be one of their first call-ups unless they decide to work his service clock.

says some scout quoted on BP's recent Future Shock article on Matt LaPorta.

Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects

Carlos Santana and Matt Laporta go 26 and 27 respectively, The Weglarz pops in at 58, and some respect for our boy Adam Miller in at 82. There's also an interesting link here, that breaks down their list looking at where these players signed from, if drafted where in the draft, nationality, etc.

BP Top 100 Prospects

Kevin Goldstein lists his top 100 prospects. Cleveland Indians' Matt LaPorta ranks at 30th, Carlos Santana at 33rd, and Nicholas Weglarz at 83rd.

KLaw's Top 100 Prospects

Most of this is in Insider, but here's a short synopsis of the Cleveland players who made the list. 13. Carlos Santana: "Given his tremendous control of the strike zone and above-average power, he has very little to do to turn into an average big league catcher, but there's a high probability that he develops into much more." 27. Matt LaPorta: "LaPorta is what he is (or what you thought he was, if you thought about him at all before this sentence): a slow, patient slugger, stuck at first base, whose power and on-base skills will make him a productive middle-of-the-order hitter and who is ready for the majors now." 58. Adam Miller: "At this point, he just needs to stay healthy for a full year, and if the way to do that is in one- and two-innings bursts three times a week, so be it." 61. Nick Weglarz: "Weglarz is one of the most disciplined hitters in the minors -- he's drawn three fewer walks than Lars Anderson the past two years in more than 100 fewer plate appearances -- and only his uncertain power potential keeps him out of the top quarter of this list." 66. David Huff: "Huff will sit 89-92 now and touch 94, and he still has an excellent changeup. He throws both a slider and a curve, with the slider now showing solid-average, but the curveball has a chance to become at least fringe-average although its slow rotation means it probably won't be plus."

LaPorta makes Olympic team

He's becoming more famous than Sabathia.

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