Will Cleveland Indians Prospect Matt LaPorta Get The Call?

Christopher J. FarinoContributor IApril 30, 2009

NEW YORK - JULY 13:  Matt Laporta of the Cleveland Indians playing for the United States Olympic Team takes fielding practice before the 2008 XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July13, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Cleveland Indians designated hitter, Travis Hafner, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a sore right shoulder. This is not a big surprise for the fading Hafner who had off-season surgery on the same shoulder. He has yet to return to his 2004 - 2007 status, even though he was off to a decent start this season (.269 and 4 home runs).

Today, Indians' backup catcher Kelly Shoppach started at DH. While Shoppach could get plenty of at bats at this position, the Indians still need another bat.

Enter prospect Matt LaPorta.

The 24-year-old was the Brewers first round pick (7th overall) in the 2007 draft and was acquired in the C.C. Sabathia trade. He batted .288 with 20 home runs with 306 at bats in AA Hunstville in 2008.

Currently, LaPorta is batting .368 with 5 home runs in only 68 at bats. He was named International League's top player last week after batting .520.

The Indians should announce on Thursday who they will be bringing up and though it is no guarantee, outfielder Matt LaPorta is a top choice.

If he hasn't been picked up in your fantasy league, this is as smart as time as any to do so.