September 13, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Cleveland Indians first baseman Matt LaPorta (7) is greeted by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two run homer against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Former Indians’ top prospect Matt LaPorta joins Mexican team


Following in the great tradition of players like Dave Sappelt and Ben Broussard, a once highly-touted player has joined a Mexican League team.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Matt LaPorta has signed with Pirates de Campeche in the LMB Mexican League. LaPorta was with the Baltimore Orioles in Spring Training, but was released before the season started.

LaPorta was drafted in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007. The prior two years, he had been drafted in the 14th round by the Cubs and Red Sox, but he did not sign. One year and one month after signing with Milwaukee, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for C.C. Sabathia. From then on, he was plagued by injury and never completely living up to his potential.

Over four seasons with the Indians, LaPorta played in only 291 games, putting up a slash line of .238/.301/.393 and only 31 homers and 120 RBI, playing mostly first base.

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