He was called up from Columbus when Johnny Damon went on paternity leave. So the question is: will LaPorta stay with the team when Damon returns? With the team struggling against left-handed pitchers, wouldn't his bat be a big help in the lineup?
LaPorta was originally drafted by the Brewers as the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft. He then came to The Tribe in the trade involving C. C. Sabathia. He played in over 100 games for The Tribe in each of 2010 and 2011, but this year, Casey Kotchman essentially took his place on the roster.
His career average in the majors is .238 with a home run every 30 at bats. In the minors, his career average has been .299 with a home run every 15 at bats.
The expectation is that both Damon and Kotchman will be gone next year, so perhaps 2013 is when LaPorta would become a permanent fixture on the team. So maybe ...
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