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There's still a chance that Matt LaPorta will start for the Indians at 1B.
C: Carlos Santana
1B: Carlos Pena
2B: Jason Kipnis
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera
3B: Lonnie Chisenhall
LF: Michael Brantley
CF: Grady Sizemore
RF: Shin-Soo Choo
DH: Travis Hafner
The Tribe's starting lineup also seems pretty set. The question of who plays first base is still up in the air, however. This past week, GM Chris Antonetti went to ownership to try to secure funds to sign Carlos Pena, but he is far from a sure thing. If the Indians are unable to find another first baseman, it seems possible that Matt LaPorta could retain the job.
No Cleveland fan wants to see LaPorta get the starting job again, but there still may be hope. His major league numbers haven't been great, but his minor league numbers were elite:
Majors: 269 G, .238/.304/.397 slash line, .701 OPS (93 OPS+), .308 wOBA (90 wRC+), 20.4 K%, 8.0 BB%, 18 HR, 69 RBI, -0.8 fWAR, 0.1 bWAR (per 162 G)
Minors: 244 G, .298/.390/.566 slash line, .956 OPS, .415 wOBA (155 wRC+), 16.4 K%, 10.6 BB%, 38 HR, 122 RBI (per 162 G)
Right now, LaPorta looks like he's headed for the dreaded 4A label. As Kevin Goldstein recently noted, one of the characteristics of a 4A player is an inability to make adjustments.
Word out of Florida (where LaPorta is working out) is that "[Hitting Coach] Bruce [Fields] came back really excited with what he saw. He feels that Matt has a much better feel for his swing. He's made some adjustments with his swing and is building upon a strong foundation coming into camp."
I don't have much faith, but prospects as highly regarded as LaPorta typically figure out how to be at least average players. He's apparently working hard and making adjustments. Maybe, just for once, things can work out against the odds for the Indians.