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When it comes to finding impact bats on the waiver wire time
of year, options are limited.
Nobody wants the same ol’ recyclables in Jeremy Hermida or Edgar
Owners want something new, something more, something capable
of making noise.
Enter Travis Snider and Matt LaPorta, probably the game’s
top two hitting prospects who were both recalled within a day of one another.
Snider celebrated his Tuesday promotion by going yard in his
first big league at-bats since May 20.
Wednesday will be LaPorta’s turn, as the Indians recalled
him to replace the ailing Trevor Crowe in left field.
Both are power-hitting outfielders, and both have the goods
to succeed right away. With the Indians and Blue Jays more interested in shaping
their 2010 rosters than making the playoffs, playing time is virtually
guaranteed. LaPorta will man left, while Snider takes over in right.
If you can afford two free roster spots, go right ahead and stash both of them away.
If you have to choose between the two, my vote would go
That’s nothing against LaPorta, mind you. He has all the trademarks
of a middle-of-the-order slugger, fully equipped with size (6-foot-2, 210 lbs.)
and a Minor League track record to back it up, evidenced by his .299 average,
17 homers, 60 RBIs and .530 slugging percentage for Triple-A Columbus this
Snider just so happens to possess LaPorta’s power and Will
Clark’s contact skills to boot. When it
comes to run producers, he’s the full package, made clear by his performance at
Triple-A Las Vegas, where he boasted a mighty .337 average, 14 dingers and a
.663 slugging percentage. Oh, and he’s also three years younger than LaPorta,
at 21 years old.
The Blue Jays have been searching for left-handed pop since
Carlos Delgado split town. Now, they have two of the game’s most promising
lefty hitters locked up for years to come in Snider and Adam Lind.
If you can get your hands on Snider, you’ll be adding a
potential All-Star for the price of nothing. If that doesn’t pan out, there are
worse second choices in the world than LaPorta.